Tennyson Dunes

Native Bee Presentation at our upcoming AGM

Last year's Tennyson Dunes Group AGM was postponed due to COVID restrictions. It will now be held on Sunday 21st February, 2-3:30pm, at the Henley Community Centre, 196A Military Rd Henley Beach.

We are fortunate enough to have the amazing Dr Katja Hogendoorn who will share her expertise in her presentation Native Bees in the Dunes.

Tennyson Dunes Group AGM 2020 Flyer

Relevant documents for the AGM can be found below:

The meeting is open to everyone, member or not, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Film Festival Award

Our short film Too Good To Lose has just won the Best Direction Award in the City of Charles Sturt's Westside Film Festival. Congrats to everyone involved.

Happy 25th Birthday To Us

That's right, the Tennyson Dunes Group first started looking after this amazing area in 1995 - a quarter of a century ago. In that time we've had some amazing wins such as the eradication of several noxious weeds, the reintroduction of a few rare plant species, habitat resoration for the Bitterbush Blue Butterfly and Painted Dragon, a growing community of dedicated volunteers and supporters, the creation of the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail and of course the dedication of the area as a conservation reserve.

Perhaps the most significant, however, is partnering with the local Kaurna community who have been caring for this area far longer than our mere 25 years. Kaurna people have beeen looking after this country for at least 60,000 years and we're proud to see that recognised in the dual name for the reserve - Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve.

The annual Tennyson Dunes Open Day last year was a huge hit, with loads of children's activities, construction of our native bee hotel, expert tours, information stalls, gifts and our very own Bio Blitz where visitors surveyed the dune ecology so we have a better idea of the wildlife that inhabit them. Thank you to everyone who made the day a great success, especially our expert tour guides.

Discovery Trail sign

Linear Park Stage 1 Submission

The South Australian Government propose to construct a Linear Park both north and south of the Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve. Stage 1 looks at the northern end, linking the Conservation Reserve to Semaphore Park. More about this project can be seen here.

The Tennyson Dunes Group support the idea to link with northern coastal trails and the location of the proposed path (ie not in the dunes). However, we see the potential to improve the design. Instead of a wide, straight concrete path we would rather see a meandering ecologically sensitive trail such as already exists within the Conservation Reserve (the Tennyson Dunes Discovery Trail).

By incorporating these aspects in the design, the trail would achieve multiple benefits:

  • help to protect the biological corridor for animal and plant movement
  • provide a fantastic opportunity for environmental education
  • serve to thematically link the Conservation Reserve with the northern dunes

We encourage you to read our full submission.

Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes

The Wara Wayingga Tennyson Dunes are 22 hectares of remnant coastal dunes with natural grass and shrub land being the last true remnant of the Adelaide metropolitan coastal plains. It is a coastal conservation reserve 12 kilometres north-west of the city near the locally historic Estcourt House. It displays a large diversity of flora with the presence of rare and regionally significant plants, bird life, reptiles and invertebrates, making it a truly unique area as an island in an urban area.

The dune's resilience is being tested with many competing factors and the Tennyson Dunes Group, a dedicated volunteer conservation group, has a prime objective to provide a safe sanctuary for all the flora and fauna and improve and share this valuable asset with the community.

This website has been produced by the Group to assist in raising the importance of the dunes for its natural values, as well as its heritage and educational significance.


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