BRP027 NICK CROUCH - Tennyson Dunes

Nick Crouch spent his childhood exploring the dunes in Tennyson, where he developed a passion for conservation which has stuck with him to this day.

Nick is a lecturer at TAFESA, teaching the next generation of conservationists, and a coordinator for the Tennyson Dunes Group, a volunteer coastcare organisation that actively improves the remnant vegetation in Tennyson Dunes.

Tennyson Dunes are one of the last fragments of Adelaide's original coastline that is still intact. The 11 hectare site provides valuable habitat for native birds and reptiles, and a unique glimpse of what Adelaide's coastline would have looked like before being developed.

I met with Nick at the Tennyson Dunes Open Day, where hundreds of people gather every year to take a guided stroll through the dunes led by a variety esteemed guests. The guide's knowledge ranged from the ecological relationships woven through the dunes to Indigenous plant uses and beliefs.

In our discussion, Nick and I talked about the on-ground maintenance that the group undertakes on the dunes to control weedy species and reestablish the native vegetation. Nick described the challenges of controlling feral predators that hunt the native fauna on the dunes and how the simple act of keeping to the paths can help to stop further degradation.

For a great visual insight into Tennyson Dunes and Nick's lifelong relationship with this special place, check out his video (SAND IN MY VEINS):

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