Tennyson Dunes

Local Student Investigates Dune Ecology

The Tennyson Dunes has been home to several researchers in recent years, with SA Museum experts looking at coastal ants, university studies on mychorrhizal fungi, SA Herpetology Group reptile surveys and TAFE SA Urrbrae students monitoring habitat health, just to name a few.

This year another University of Adelaide Honours Student embarks on research into the ecology of insect pollinated plants that have separate male and female individuals, something which is remarkably rare in nature, but seems to be quite pronounced at Tennyson. Her research will have profound implications for how we manage Tennyson in particular and coastal dune rehabilitation more broadly.

We certainly look forward to helping her research and to finding out what she learns.

2019 Tennyson Dunes Open Day

The annual Tennyson Dunes Open Day this year promises to be the biggest and most exciting one ever, with loads of children's activities, expert tours, information stalls, gifts and your opportunity to contribute to protecting the dunes. Save the date of Sunday 22nd September for this fun filled family event.

Watch this space for details on how to book a tour.

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Tennyson Dunes

The Tennyson Dunes are 22 hectares of remnant coastal dunes with natural grass and shrub land being the last true remnant of the Adelaide metropolitan coastal plains. It is a coastal conservation reserve 12 kilometres north-west of the city near the locally historic Estcourt House. It displays a large diversity of flora with the presence of rare and regionally significant plants, bird life, reptiles and invertebrates, making it a truly unique area as an island in an urban area.

The dune's resilience is being tested with many competing factors and the Tennyson Dunes Group, a dedicated volunteer conservation group, has a prime objective to provide a safe sanctuary for all the flora and fauna and improve and share this valuable asset with the community.

This website has been produced by the Group to assist in raising the importance of the dunes for its natural values, as well as its heritage and educational significance.


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