Frahns Farm set to be a part of the 2021 Nature Festival

BIRD IS THE WORD: Frahns Farm in Monarto will be holding bird banding session and tours throughout Nature Festival. Photo: Tom Hunt.
BIRD IS THE WORD: Frahns Farm in Monarto will be holding bird banding session and tours throughout Nature Festival. Photo: Tom Hunt.

A Murraylands farm that reconstructs woodland habitat and contributes to the survival of woodland birds will be featured in the 2021 South Australian Nature Festival.

Bird-banding provides opportunities to see birds close-up and appreciate their distinctive features which are often not easily visible through binoculars and that's what Monarto's Frahns Farm will offer Nature Festival participants.

Frahns Farm is a flagship BioR reconstruction project with a woodland habitat on the 550-hectare property being developed.

Murraylands community send in their Spring photosBird-banding is part of a long-term study to document patterns of movement and survival of a suite of woodland birds that are disappearing from the Mt Lofty region.

Director of BioR, Dr David Paton said the bird banding experience and tour of the farm will be an excellent one for all involved.

"We'll show them how the birds are caught and how we put the bands on their legs," Mr Paton said.

"That's so we can follow birds through time which gives us information about longevity and population structure. They'll also get to experience holding a wild bird and release it. It's really about experiential learning."

An optional tour of the planting programs will also be available after the two hour bird banding session.

Nature program curator for Nature Festival, Jill Woodlands is proud of the vast array of events included in the program.

"At Nature Festival, first and foremost we want to celebrate the nature around us and we are aware just how broad that term is and just how many ways there is to do that," Ms Woodlands said.

"The event holders have really come to the table and put on so many unique events around the state. There is just so much to enjoy.

"Obviously, the current pandemic has made a tumultuous time for events, but what the pandemic has solidified in all of us is the importance to get out there and connect with nature."

Nature Festival will be taking place from September 25, 2021 till October 4, 2021. For more information please head to

For further information on Frahns Farm visit the BioR website. Please note that numbers are limited to no more than 15 people in any one session.

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