St Kilda has a diverse range of environments to discover. At our BioBlitz we ran activities in the water, along the shoreline, along the saltfields, through the samphires, and into the mangroves. Scientists, naturalists and the public worked together to observe and record biodiversity.
Around 300 people participated in the St Kilda BioBlitz on November 27 and 28, 2015. Over the two days, the public participated in biological survey activities, including:
- Marine life – netting for fish
- Intertidal life – searching the shoreline at low tide
- Mangrove walks – searching for life in the mangroves
- Samphire surveys – recording the diversity of samphire vegetation
- Birds – surveys for coastal and terrestrial birds, in some of Adelaide’s best bird-viewing habitats
- Spotlighting – surveys under the stars for nocturnal life
- Bats – recording their echolocation with an AnaBat device (no bats were recorded on the night, but we will return to this site as part of our FlukerPost project)
- Reptiles – looking for lizards along the coast
On Friday November 27, three local school classes and a group of local home-school students attended, participating in science, art and nature-discovery activities. Other activities for the public included a talk about the Aboriginal Night Sky (Paul Curnow from the Adelaide Planetarium), a ‘Caring for our Coast’ presentation (Marine Discovery Centre), and wildlife displays by Animals Anonymous and Bugs n Slugs.
What did we find?
There were 166 observations made at the St Kilda BioBlitz, capturing 65 different species. The data has been entered into iNaturalist, an online repository of biological records. You can see the records here (click on the image below):
A big thank you to everyone involved – it was great to see the public working with scientists, naturalists, and educators from the University of South Australia; South Australian Museum; Reef Watch (Conservation Council SA); Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources; Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges; NRM Education; University of Adelaide; Adelaide Planetarium; Delta Environmental Consulting; fauNature; Birds SA; SA Herpetology Group; Marine Discovery Centre; Animals Anonymous; Bugs n Slugs; and James Parker Art.
Thanks also to the City of Salisbury for their support and involvement, and to the St Kilda Progress Association, St Kilda Boat Club, St Kilda Beach Hotel and St Kilda Tackle and Tucker… another wonderful venue for a BioBlitz!
A European shore crab found during the BioBlitz:
This species is an invasive pest in South Australia
Plus a school of hardyhead fishes close to the mangroves
(video courtesy of Carl Charter/Reef Watch)
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Useful links for St Kilda:
- St Kilda FlukerPost (another Discovery Circle project, where you can help monitor the environment at St Kilda)
- St Kilda Mangrove Trail and Interpretive Centre, a boardwalk through mangrove forest to showcase the beauty and diversity of a healthy coastal ecosystem. The mangroves provide vital habitat for fish, birds, other wildlife, and protect the coastline from erosion.
- St Kilda Adventure Playground, one of the most popular playgrounds in South Australia.
- Adelaide Tramway Museum, where you can ride trams from around Australia. Open from 12-5pm on Sundays and Public Holidays and Wednesdays of School Holidays.
- St Kilda Boat Club and public boat ramp provide for local boating and fishing communities
- The importance of the natural environment around St Kilda is well recognised, with sanctuaries and reserves designed to protect the local habitat and animals, including:
- Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, to protect the migratory birds that visit the area each summer from as far away as Siberia and Alaska.
- Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, provides a home for about 30 bottlenose dolphins, and another 300 dolphins visit the area regularly.
- St Kilda-Chapman Creek Aquatic Reserve and the Barker Inlet-St Kilda Aquatic Reserve, designed to protect the important fish nursery and breeding area of upper Gulf St Vincent (learn more about the Aquatic Reserves).