What do you picture when you hear of plans to make metro Adelaide a wilder place? Maybe its kangaroos hopping around Rundle Mall, koalas hanging off the Elder Park rotunda, or kookaburras laughing from atop of the National Wine Centre. While these ideas may sound attractive to some, it’s not quite what we mean.
Wilder is an all-encompassing term that signifies a strong connection between people, water, land, plants and animals.
Wilding is about restoring nature and creating a balance between what is man-made and the natural environment. It is also about enhancing and protecting the wild that already exists.
It isn’t just about one particular species too. It’s about enhancing our beautiful city with our iconic and lesser-known plants and animals.
Each creature has an important role to play. Butterflies, bats, bees and small birds pollinate native plants, while insects and other creepy crawlies help maintain healthy soils and provide a yummy lunch to those higher in the food chain.
By nurturing and protecting metro Adelaide’s wildness, damaged ecosystems can heal, threatened species can thrive, and nature can become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
The great thing about wilding Adelaide is that everyone can be involved.
You can start by noticing what already exists around you. Next time you are outside stop!
Notice a family of screeching cockatoos in your local park, or the enormous gum tree on your walk to school, or even a bottlebrush tree abuzz with bees. This is the beauty of wild.
You can nurture your local patch of wild by:
When it comes to wilding Adelaide you are limited only by your imagination.
Nature is wild, there’s no doubt about it. Let’s get a little wild with nature!