Community Wildlife Project
The R2P Project is working with Adelaide Secondary School of English, The Grove Education Centre, Kilkenny Primary School and Woodville Gardens School to deliver a Community Wildlife Project focused on butterfly gardens.
The Community Wildlife Project provides an opportunity for students to learn about the importance native vegetation plays in providing habitat to animals. It also explores the impacts of a growing city on the environment.
In June 2020, the R2P Project partnered with local schools to deliver two presentations, facilitated by wildlife specialist organisation FauNature. The first focused on biodiversity and the importance of butterflies.
The second presentation was an introduction to, and explanation of how to navigate the online application for butterfly tracking via the Butterflies Australia App.
On World Environment Day (Friday 5 June) the students from two of the schools participated in the planting of a butterfly garden on each school’s premises. This was facilitated by the community education venture, Bringing Back the Butterflies.
The planting workshop introduced students to a range of native species that attract butterflies by providing food for caterpillars and nectar to butterflies.
Students learnt how to:
• prepare the area for the new plants;
• dig an appropriate hole;
• use the correct soil treatment;
• carefully remove seedlings from their casing; and
• plant the seedlings.
Students were encouraged to take ownership of their new butterfly garden by getting involved in the care and maintenance, keeping a log of growth, creating identification signage for the plants and sharing their new knowledge with peers.
The R2P Project will continue to work with the schools to track the success of their butterfly gardens.