Tennyson Dunes

Tennyson Dunes Open Day Sunday 22nd September 2018

Tennyson Dunes Open Day programSeptember is Biodiversity Month and this year we are again planning a huge event in the Tennyson Dunes. We hope you can join us on Sunday 22nd September 2019.

This year we have a huge new project that you can be directly involved in. Join Sophie Thomson, of Gardening Australia fame, and help us build our very own Native Bee Hotel and Food Garden. By creating homes for harmless native bees you will help to recover bee populations in the dunes and ensure the survival of our rare plants. We'll also have native bee food plants that you can help plant around the hotel. It's great fun for the whole family and we look forward to involving you all.

We will also again run a Mini Bio-Blitz, where you get to help the scientists identify our native coastal species. This information will be used by the Tennyson Dunes Group to improve management of the dunes.

Our lineup of special guests includes Neville Bonney, Ali Ben Kahn, Dr Sarah Telfer, Catherine McMahon, Dr Murray Townsend, Peter Matejcic, Assoc Prof Victor Gostin and Prof Chris Daniels. There will also be children's activities, talks by dune volunteers, dune gift sales, local environmental group information stalls and a BBQ by the Kiwanis.

Copies of our ever popular plant booklet, "Tennyson Dunes: too good to lose", will be on sale along with a host of other great dune related gifts. Strictly cash sales only.

Tour places are limited, so book your spot now.

9:00 am - 10:00 am Birds of the Coast with Ali Ben Kahn Sorry, Birds of the Coast
is fully booked
10:00 am - 11:00 am Dune Plant Stories with Dr Tim Milne Book a tour with Tim Milne
10:00 am - 11:00 am Useful Plants of the Tennyson Dunes with Neville Bonney Sorry, Useful Plants of the Dunes
is fully booked
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Sea Shepherd's Beach Clean with Caroline Armstrong Book a spot on the Sea Shepherd Beach Clean
10:30 am - 11:30 am Climate Change and Coastal Erosion with Dr Murray Townsend Book a tour with Murray Townsend
10:30 am - 11:30 am Natural History of the Tennyson Dunes with Assoc Prof Victor Gostin Book a tour with Victor Gostin
10:30 am - 11:00 am AUSMAP's Microplastics Survey with Michelle Blewitt Book a spot on the Microplastics Survey
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Insect Pollination of Coastal Plants with Jenna Draper Book a tour with Jenna Draper
11:30 am - 12:30 pm In Search of Dragons with Peter Matejcic Sorry, In Search of Dragons
is fully booked
11:30 am - 12:00 pm AUSMAP's Microplastics Survey with Michelle Blewitt Book a spot on the Microplastics Survey
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Connecting with Nature with Professor Chris Daniels Book a tour with Chris Daniels
     
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Welcome Unlimited Places  
  BBQ by the Kiwanis
  Tennyson Dunes Fair  
     
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Protecting the Dunes with Christopher Naylor Book a tour with Christopher Naylor
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Useful Plants of the Tennyson Dunes with Neville Bonney Book a tour with Neville Bonney
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Beachcombing Guided Eco Tour with Peter Hunt Book a tour with Peter Hunt
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Help Build our Native Bee Hotel with Sophie Thomson Sorry, Help Build our Bee Hotel
is fully booked
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Dune Plant Stories with Dr Sarah Telfer Book a tour with Sarah Telfer
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm In Search of Dragons with Peter Matejcic Sorry, In Search of Dragons
is fully booked
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Help Build our Native Bee Hotel with Sophie Thomson Book a spot to help build our bee hotel

We look forward to seeing you there.

Tennyson Dunes Open Day 2018

Local Student Investigates Dune Ecology

The Tennyson Dunes has been home to several researchers in recent years, with SA Museum experts looking at coastal ants, university studies on mychorrhizal fungi, SA Herpetology Group reptile surveys and TAFE SA Urrbrae students monitoring habitat health, just to name a few.

This year another University of Adelaide Honours Student embarks on research into the ecology of insect pollinated plants that have separate male and female individuals, something which is remarkably rare in nature, but seems to be quite pronounced at Tennyson. Her research will have profound implications for how we manage Tennyson in particular and coastal dune rehabilitation more broadly.

We certainly look forward to helping her research and to finding out what she learns.

Tennyson Dunes

The Tennyson Dunes are 22 hectares of 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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