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Environmental Volunteering

Environmental Volunteering

Holdfast Habitat Heroes

The Holdfast Habitat Heroes are a strong and committed environmental volunteer team that works weekly across the Brighton to Seacliff dunes, Glenelg dunes, Gilbertson Gully, Pine Gully, Barton Gully, and the Kingston Cliff Face. Volunteers also support our native gardens at Stewart, Bob Lewis, and Fordham Reserves in Glenelg North.

We are very grateful for the important and invaluable contribution that volunteers make in helping to build a rich and healthy local environment. In the City of Holdfast Bay, environmental volunteers spend over 1000 hours every year protecting our natural areas and native gardens. Tasks include bushcare-style weeding, planting, watering, seed collecting, and ongoing monitoring. This work helps to protect and rehabilitate valuable habitats for our native wildlife, including birds, insects, and reptiles.

The Holdfast Habitat Heroes is a weekly program that alternates between Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Activities include:

  • Bush regeneration
  • Dune restoration
  • Monitoring
  • Planting and caring for local seedlings
  • Environmental events such as Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day
  • Training

Friends of Pine Gully

The Friends of Pine Gully have been volunteering to restore native vegetation in Pine Gully Reserve for over 10 years. You can be involved in the following ways:

  • Bush regeneration, planting, monitoring
  • Helping to run working bees
  • Photograph and upload images of the plants, insects, and animals to the i-Naturalist app
  • Maintaining the website

Friends of Minda Dunes

The Friends of Minda Dunes have been volunteering to restore Minda Dunes since 2019. They work together once a week and you can be involved in the following ways:

  • Revegetation, weeding, watering and monitoring
  • Helping to run working bees
  • Photograph and upload images of the plants, insects, and animals to the i-Naturalist app

Friends of Sturt River Landcare

The Friends of Sturt River Landcare volunteer along the length of the Sturt River, including in Glenelg North. You can be involved in the following ways:

  • Revegetation, weeding, watering, and monitoring
  • Helping to run working bees
  • Photograph and upload images of the plants, insects, and animals to the i-Naturalist app

External Organisation Volunteer Opportunities

Bush For Life is run by Trees For Life. It is one of the largest volunteer programs in Australia designed to protect native vegetation. Bush For Life volunteers look after more than 300 sites covering more than 4,000 hectares in South Australia. There are plenty of different locations and training opportunities.

More volunteers are always needed. For more information, see the Bush For Life website.

The Adelaide metropolitan coastline has lost over 6000 Ha of its seagrass meadows. These meadows are a nursery ground for snapper, calamari, whiting, and blue swimmer crabs. OzFish, together with leading government scientists, have created the Seeds For Snapper Seagrass Restoration Project, bringing these beautiful meadows back to help our fisheries and more, but they need your help!

Seagrass seeds wash up along our beaches during the summer (mainly December) and can be easily collected as you're walking along the beach. You can find out more information and sign up as a volunteer via Seeds for Snapper.

AusMAP trains volunteers to collect, analyse and record microplastic pollution in Australian aquatic environments. By translating data into vivid maps of plastic pollution hotspots all over Australia, AusMAP makes it easy for everyone to see the scale and nature of this growing problem. Together we can all do something to clean up our rivers and oceans.

More volunteers are always needed. To find out more and to sign up go the AusMAP website.

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