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Nature puts on a spring show

Encompassing 55 square kilometres, the City of Marion is home to around 50 biodiversity sites, and we’ve collated a list of places you should explore this spring!

Enjoy the coastal views at Hallett Headland Reserve and see if you can spot the Diamond Sand Skipper butterfly in the coastal heath.

Rise with the sun to take an early morning stroll along the Sturt River corridor and hear the Kookaburras laugh.

Explore Cormorant Drive Reserve by taking in the beauty of a majestic old red gum, become a CoastSnap citizen scientist and discover the uncommon Satin Everlasting Daisy.

Get set for an adventure and see the best nature has to offer – right on your doorstep.

1. Hallett Headland, Hallett Cove

Chequered copper butterfly Credit Greg Coote

Chequered Copper Butterfly. Photo credit: Greg Coote

Hallett Headland is the most important areas of remnant native vegetation managed by the City of Marion. It has over 100 native plant species with more than 30 of conservation significance in the Mount Lofty Ranges. As you venture through the coastal heathlands, keep an eye out for the Chequered Copper Butterfly (Lucia limbaria). Once abundant throughout Adelaide, this small, vibrant orange butterfly is now rarely seen.

While at Hallett Headland, explore the Bush for Life site where Trees for Life, in partnership with the Council and contractors, actively manage and improve vital habitat.

2. Warriparinga and Sturt River Corridor, Bedford Park

Stroll along the Sturt River corridor, where you will be surrounded by the sweet smells and sounds of nature. Listen out for the Kookaburras’ laugh and try to spot the Superb Fairywren (Malurus cyaneus) which is a small woodland bird of ecological importance in the area.

As you walk through the beautiful Sturt River corridor, you’ll see the hard work of the Friends of Sturt River Landcare group and the Friends of Warriparinga. These groups collect local seed and propagate new plants, remove weeds and care for the river environment.

Keep an eye on this space over the next four years as we look at opportunities to further develop the Sturt River Biodiversity Corridor.

3. Cormorant Drive Reserve, Hallett Cove

Experience the tranquillity of The Lower Field River thanks to the majestic River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) along the creekline and scattered through the grassy slopes. Here, you'll encounter the rarely seen Satin Everlasting Daisy (Helichrysum leucopsideum), a delicate flower that attracts native butterflies and insects to the area.

At the Lower Field River, you’ll observe the dedicated efforts of the Friends of Lower Field River with their relentless work to remove weeds and reintroduce native plants.

4. Morphett Road Reserve, O'Halloran Hill

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Beautiful Cut-leaf Goodenia. Photo credit: Jerry Smith

As you explore, the beautiful scenery, keep an eye out for the Cut-leaf Goodenia (Goodenia pinnatifida) which displays its distinctive yellow flowers from October to November.

5. Marine Parade, Marino

Venture to Marine Parade Reserve and discover the stunning Regal Foxtail (Ptilotus nobilis), which is one of the most impressive and beautiful plants found in the City of Marion. As you walk along the cliff tops, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the ocean!

Have you been inspired to find more places to experience nature around the City of Marion? You can view the reserves listed above and more in the 40 Places to Experience Nature brochure!