What’s On

Working Bees

Working bees are your chance to get to know the reserve better. We invite you to come and help us protect and reinstate the original vegetation by joining the Friends of the Waite Conservation Reserve. Our working bees are open to everyone and are held on the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month April – December.

Working bees often involve walking through the Reserve with others searching for and removing seedling olives and other weeds while enjoying the beautiful natural environment of the reserve.  Opportunities are also available to assist with activities during the week.

For more information on working bees, including details on how to get there and what to bring, download our Working bee flyer Winter Spring 2019.

Control of seedling olives is a common focus of the working bees.  For a ‘how to’ guide download Seedling Olive Control 101

Guided Walks 

Join us on Saturday 12 October 9.00am – 12.00noon for a walk back in time as FWCR member, Assoc. Professor Colin Conor, takes us on a 700 million year geological tour of the reserve. Colin has vast experience in South Australian geology including intimate knowledge of the local rocks gained from working on possible alignments for the lower South Eastern Freeway just over the hill.  Places are limited.  EMAIL Helen Pryor to book your place and get details on the starting point: helenpryor10@gmail.com. Enquiries to Pete Bird 0418 853 834.


Groups of 10 or more can book guided walks of the Reserve by contacting the Manager Dr.Kate Delaporte. Email: kate.delaporte@adelaide.edu.au

Note: If the forecast temperature for the day is 35°C or above or if a Total Fire Ban for Mt. Lofty Ranges is declared the tours of the Waite Conservation Reserve are cancelled. Please, check the Bureau of Meteorology website (https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/bans_and_ratings.jsp).

Fauna Surveys

Friends of the Waite Conservation Reserve conduct occasional surveys in the Reserve.  Friends and volunteers are invited to assist with a survey of Western Grey Kangaroos in the reserve on Saturday 30 November, starting 8.00am. The plan is simply to divide the reserve into manageable zones, then for us to simultaneously count the roos in each zone. More counters should minimise the risk of under-counting. Recording location and characteristics of groups should minimise the risk of over-counting.  Please contact Peter Bird for more information and if you would like to take part: pbjbird1@bigpond.com or 0418 853 834.

Past surveys include the Great Australian Marsupial Night Stalk in National Science Week 2001 during which many Common ringtail and Common brushtail possums were spotted. Another night walk was held for Friends in 2006 during which common ringtails were seen with young, as well as a barking geckos and spiders out hunting.


From time to time we host talks at the Waite Conservation Reserve and Historic Precinct.

The 2019 AGM featured Professor Stephen Donnellan of the Evolutionary Biology Unit, South Australian Museum who presented on: ‘How can genetics help with conservation actions? – some case studies from SA species’ The AGM was held in Urrbrae House, Waite Campus at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29 May 2019.