It's one year on from the fire and we've undertaken an annual project to track the recovery of some of our key reserves and roadsides. Check out the first set of comparison photos by scrolling through them above, or view the whole set here.
Playford's original habitats are strikingly diverse, ranging from the relative heights - and high rainfalls - of Mount Gawler North with its dense Stringybark forests in the east, down through the open woodlands of the One Tree Hill district and across the Mallee scrubs and grasslands of the plains to the coastal samphire flats and mangroves in the west.
However, clearance, agriculture and urbanization has dramatically altered this landscape, with only 3% of the original habitat remaining significantly intact across Playford. This figure declines to less than half of 1% when we consider the plains on its own!
Similarly, there has been a vast influx of exotic species into the area, whether introduced intentionally or otherwise. These have also had a significant disruptive impact.
Therefore we can see that what does remain of the original vegetation is of critical value to our biodiversity.
We have assembled a collection of species lists describing key locally-indigenous plant species across the City -
Species of the Hills zone - COP hills species list(45 kb)
Species of the Foothills zone - COP foothills species list(48 kb)
Species of the Plains zone - COP plains species list(63 kb)
Wild Food and Traditional Usage species - COP wild foods species list(99 kb)
The Federal Department of Environment's comprehensive Species List for Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges SA
All images are from COP Biodiversity's Flickr site.