Websites with a different focus

PLANTS AND WEEDS

Botanic Gardens SA – plant selector

Find plants for a given postcode or obtain more information about a plant. Plant selector

Wild Orchid Watch (WOW)

This is a national citizen science project designed to collect, record and share scientific information about Australian native orchids. After two years of development, testing and collaboration between citizen scientists, orchid enthusiasts and scientists, the WOW app is ready to use! You can access it on your mobile device here: https://www.app.wildorchidwatch.org

Wild Orchid Watch Australia is a project within iNaturalist and all photos and data collected using the WOW app will be stored, collated and identified on the iNaturalist platform. If you already have an iNat account you can use it to log in to the WOW app, and if not it is very easy to create one. For guidance on signing up and getting the most out of the WOW app please see the WOW App Instuctional Videos on the website.Frequently-asked questions about the WOW app are answered here: https://www.wildorchidwatch.org/faqs

You can also follow WOW on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube.

Nursery & Garden Industry S.A.

Grow Me Instead  http://www.ngisa.com.au/publications/grow-me-instead

Urban Biodiversity Adelaide and Mount Lofty N.R.M. 

https://landscape.sa.gov.au/hf/plants-and-animals/native-plants-animals-and-biodiversity/urban-biodiversity

OTHER ANIMALS

Bugs n Slugs

Bugs n Slugs have been committed to providing hands-on invertebrate and nature education for schools, kindergartens, universities, community groups, public events and cultural institutes in South Australia since 2002.

WWF Australia. Garden Escapees

http://wwf.org.au/ourwork/invasives/gardenescapees/

Buprestidae of South Australia (jewel beetles)

If you only have time for a cursory look at this new site, which has been created by Peter Lang, check out:

  • Melobasis propinqua verna, which has the most comprehensive documentation for breeding stages and host plants,
  • Temognatha congener, a particularly beautiful and rare species,
  • any of the Ethonion species, of special interest for their gall-making habit,
  • Castiarina erythroptera and C. subtestacea for examples of mimicry;
  • species in Castiarina and Melobasis which are the two largest genera, and Temognatha which has the largest beetles; – each have some very colourful species.

http://syzygium.xyz/buprestidae/taxonomy.php

Frog Watch SA

Frog Watch SA ( https://www.frogwatchsa.com.au/ ) fills a gap left by previous citizen science frog survey programs. It uses new technologies, is community driven and covers as much of South Australia as possible throughout the year.