Native grasslands

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Native grasslands are an important part of the ecology in the City Tea Tree Gully.

They provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including butterflies, beneficial insects and small birds. 

Sadly less then 1% of grasslands and grassy woodland vegetation communities remain intact in South Australia, having been replaced by farming and development.  In the City Tea Tree Gully native grasslands are rare.

To the untrained eye remnant native grasslands can be difficult to identify. Native grass species include Kangaroo Grass, Wallaby Grass and in special cases even native wildflowers. If you see a blue conservation marker next to an open grassed area in CTTG then you could be looking at a native grassland.

Native grasslands can be easily damaged. Damage can be caused by the inappropriate use of herbicides or the planting of trees and shrubs into the grassland.  Trees and shrubs shade out the grasses and compete for water and nutrients. To protect our valuable native grasslands, council staff, trained volunteers and specialist contractors undertake minimal disturbance maintenance of these sites.

Learn more about biodiversity in the City of Tea Tree Gully