a ribbon of green from the

hills to the sea 

We are a group of nature-loving residents who came together to grow a natural green corridor where we live, along the Sturt River (Warripari) on the Adelaide Plains.

For over a decade we have worked cooperatively with land managers, volunteers and other community groups to replant and connect local-native plantings around the river. We plant species endemic to the Adelaide Plains to create habitat, improve biodiversity, provide shade, shelter and fresh air to help cool our climate and keep our suburbs liveable.

  • Maintain, restore & re-establish local-native plant communities for biodiversity & climate resilience, along the lower Sturt River, wherever possible
  • Create a community of people who are willing and able to work together to care for and conserve the area in perpetuity
  • These aims to be carried out for the benefit and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike, now and in the future.
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Volunteer NTD 2022. Pic;S.Kerr
Smiling lady planting seedling
a year in the life of friends of sturt river landcare group 

seedling by seedling, season by season

David H FoSRL member. Pic: S.Kerr

It's cool so we spot weed, spread mulch, prepare young seedlings we've grown or bought ready for planting, and wait for soaking rain.

Volunteer 2020 CTA (SA)

With moisture in the soil, we rally hundreds of volunteers to plant thousands of seedlings and begin aftercare so the plants survive.

Volunteer weeding with knife. Pic S.Kerr

Everything is growing so we provide aftercare to new seedlings and maintain older planting sites with weeding and mulching.

Heather F FoSRL member. Pic: S.Kerr

It's sometimes too hot to work on-site, but it's a great time for seed collection, plant propagation, and community education.

A Green corridor

our goal is to connect green spaces  

With much of the original Red Gum/Greybox woodland cleared for farming, then housing, and concreting of the river in 1969, it can be hard to imagine how we might create a green corridor here - but we've started! We aren't asking for whole reserves, rather that we restore what is left and connect up areas with biodiversity potential. A lot has already been done.

  • A walking & cycling path connecting existing plantings largely exists.
  • Seven native biozones have been planted into public parks by volunteers, with a further four planned for the future.
  • Remnant red gums and older biodiversity plantings, established by council work teams, can be linked in to the corridor.
  • Two wetlands and numerous existing 'deep soak' areas provide  habitat areas for local wildlife.
  • Formal plans exist with City of Marion and City of Holdfast Bay.
  • Talks have begun with SA Water about restoring land inside the drainage channel where it makes sense to do so.
Aerial map of Sturt River
conservation & INCREASING CANOPY COVER is critical IN URBAN AREAS 

did you know:

Loss of habitat
Less than 3% of the original Redgum/Greybox woodland of the Adelaide Plains remains. Fragments remain in public parks, along the drainage scheme, on wide verges and in private gardens.
Threats to species
Nearly half of all nationally-listed native animals and one quarter of our threatened plants are surviving alongside us in urban areas, often living outside national parks or conservation areas.
Loss of tree hollows
Pre-European forests had tall, mature trees yielding 10-15 hollows per hectare.  Almost 20% of our birds, 42% of our mammals and 28% of our reptiles rely on tree hollows to shelter and raise their young.
Rainfall & run off
Large, shade trees capture up to 60% of rainfall in their canopy and root systems, reducing the volume of storm water entering our drainage systems and lowering the risk of flood.
Cooling shade
Planting local-native shade trees, such as eucalypts and sheoaks, in your garden lowers day time temperatures during extreme summer heat waves by 5-6 degrees.
Local-native trees, shrubs and grasses are more likely to withstand and adapt to the extremes of climate change because they evolved with drought, fires and floods.
Mental health
People who spend at least two hours in nature per week are consistently likely to report higher levels of well-being compared to people who spend less or no time in nature.
Immunity booster
Early exposure to a range of natural  bacteria, fungi and algae - found in bushland and biodiversity sites - protects a child's health by boosting their immune system.
Live longer
Volunteer tree planters report lower levels of social isolation, while communities living near these sites have lower levels of cardiovascular and respiratory illness.

together we can

the community effort to regreen the river

seedlings established
planting seasons

Image: National Tree Day (2015) City of Marion.

wildlife in our suburbs

who's at home

in your suburb?

There is more to urban wildlife than noisy miners. While numbers are low, a surprising range of birds, mammals, insects and reptiles hang on in our suburbs.

Walk Wariparri quietly, at dawn or dusk, and you may be rewarded with a wildlife sighting. (Please keep your dog on a lead and don't disturb the animals.)

We keep records of animals we see and hear while volunteering. The wildlife pictures on this website represent a small sample of our recent records. We are grateful to volunteers Andrew Crouch, Svetlana Cook, Cindy Macardle, Pam Chant. Paul Gardner-Stephen, Paul Ellis, Sam Kerr as well as Matt Endacott, Alex Gaut and Sam Buxton-Stewart from City of Holdfast Bay for permission to share their beautiful photographs. 

Roll your mouse over the images below for species & snapper details.

Stand still, look & listen...

Green Lynx Spider. Pic: Cindy-Macardle

Green Orb-weaver (Araneus circulissparsus, male) Pic: Cindy Macardle

Adult possum in hollow.

Brush-tailed possum. Pic: unknown

Image of Superb fairy wren (male) in red bed. Pic:S.Cook

Superb fair wren (male). Pic:S.Cook

Royal Spoonbill. Pic:A.Crouch

Royal Spoonbill. Pic:A.Crouch

Image of turtle emerging. Pic:S.Cook

Long necked turtle. Pic:S.Cook

Tawn Frogmouth Pic: A.Crouch

Tawny frogmouth. Pic: A.Crouch


Rainbow lorikeet. Pic: City of Holdfast Bay

Blue banded bee. PicS.Cook

Blue-banded bee. Pic:S.Cook

Austrlain Painted Lady Butterfly Pic:S.Kerr

Butterfly, Australian painted lady. Pic: S.Kerr


Robust striped skink. Pic: unknown

Microbat (Gould's Wattled Bat). Pic:S.Kerr

Microbat, Gould's wattled bat. Pic: S.Kerr

Boobook Owl Pic:P.Chant

Australian Boobook Owl. Pic:P.Chant

Grey-Kangaroo Pic: Paul Gardener-Stephen

Grey Kangaroo Pic: P. Gardener-Stephen

Jumping spider. Pic:Cindy Macardle

Jumping spider. (Salticidae species) Pic:Cindy Macardle

Echidna. Source: Unknown

Echidna. Pic:unknown

Black-fronted-dotterel Pic: NZ Birds Online

Black fronted dotterel. Pic: NZ Birds Online