Back from the Brink

Read the outcomes report of the five-year Back from the Brink project.

Through the Back from the Brink project the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board, with a number of partners, worked towards reducing immediate extinction risks and improving the long-term viability of threatened species and ecological communities in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Fleurieu Peninsula.

The Back from the Brink project was supported by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and the Landscape Levy.

It aimed to reduce the risk of extinction for 39 Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) within the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Management Unit. This will be achieved by:

  • Planning and delivering specific actions for 39 MNES across more than 50 sites, working with landholders, partners, key stakeholders and contractors.
  • Targeting community engagement through the delivery of awareness raising events, volunteer engagement and training, and through collaboration with Traditional Owners.
  • Developing and delivering outcome and/or activity-based monitoring that will enable the impact of project delivery to be evaluated.

Some of our recent project highlights

Threatened orchid recovery

In this project, our Threatened Species Ecologist has been working with the South Australian Seed Conservation Centre at the Adelaide Botanic Garden, to propagate and re-wild populations of native orchids throughout our region.

Watch these videos to learn more about the project and the complex and unique propagation process involved.

Targeted revegetation brings hope for threatened finch recovery

Bird monitoring undertaken at ‘Back from the Brink’ revegetation sites has revealed the regionally critically endangered western beautiful firetail is already using the new habitat, within five years of planting.

Read the full story here or watch the video below.

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Western Beautiful Firetail Finch. Photo: Martin Stokes

Hooded Plover project

Hooded Plovers (Thinornis rubricollis) are small- to medium-sized coastal shorebirds with a distinctive black hood and throat. Listed as vulnerable nationally, there are less than 800 of these birds in South Australia and only 7000 in Australia. Recent surveys conducted on the Fleurieu found only 29 breeding pairs.

Read more here.

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Hooded Plover. Photo: Matt Endacott