Environment

Government launches program to boost SA’s butterfly population

Working closely with partners and experts in the field, the government is hoping the new program will push metropolitan Adelaide to become a more butterfly-friendly city.

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The South Australian government has launched a brand-new nature program striving to increase the butterfly population in Adelaide’s CBD.

Working closely with partners and experts in the field, the government is hoping the new program will push metropolitan Adelaide to become a more butterfly-friendly city.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs anticipates that the program will protect the state’s threatened butterfly population that was lost as a result of urban development.

“This new program will create a more butterfly-friendly city by working with key experts to prioritise areas to plant more butterfly-friendly habitat, as well as boost awareness of these insects that spread happiness for children and adults alike,” says Speirs.

“Butterflies need our help to create their new homes, so they can create a healthy environment for us to enjoy.”

Butterflies are special native pollinators and an essential building block of a healthy environment.

Leading the project is Green Adelaide, who hopes that this project will increase the population of threatened butterfly species like the yellowish sedge-skipper and chequered copper butterfly.

“This program will focus on raising awareness about Adelaide’s threatened butterflies and delivering more targeted management activities such as plantings to support the recovery of these rarer butterflies living across metropolitan Adelaide,” says Green Adelaide’s Board Presiding Member, Chris Daniels.

The butterfly boosting program coincides with the Government’s announcement to reintroduce the platypus population back to the River Torrens, paving Adelaide’s way to becoming a bustling nature hub.

The new project comes just as it was announced that Adelaide was ranked the third most liveable city in the world.

Spiers believes that by encouraging a vibrant, environmentally-aware city, Adelaide’s international ranking may be enhanced.

The SA government’s new plans for creating a greener city aim to bring not only environmental benefits to Adelaide, but social and economic improvements, with the state’s fluttery friends encouraging the community’s connection to nature.

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