How did it all begin?

In 2011 a small group of people, with a range of complementary skills and a passion for practical solutions, got together to develop a new way of getting more environmental work to happen “on the ground” in their local region. A shared passion for nature in our region and a desire to maximise practical action were the motivating factors that brought us together. We recognised that a need exists for an environmental non-government organisation (NGO) to be based in this region, have a regional focus, and work on the issues of greatest local relevance with our local community and partners. Nature Glenelg Trust is our living experiment to fill that gap.

The Glenelg River

Why Nature Glenelg?

The name of the Trust describes our regional focus, with the Glenelg River situated at the centre of our large regional home; straddling the border between South Australia and Victoria. To enable us to focus our efforts in this region, Nature Glenelg Trust has staff based in regional centres situated between Adelaide and Melbourne. The fact that the Glenelg River is one of this region’s most important waterways, with a catchment that is home to a wide range of wetland habitats, plants and wildlife, makes it an ideal choice.

What is the logo of Nature Glenelg Trust?

The Ancient Greenling (Hemiphlebia mirabilis) damselfly is a great reminder of what Nature Glenelg Trust is about. This rare species is globally significant as the only living representative of a family (Hemiphlebiidae) that can be traced back 250 million years to fossil records from Brazil to Russia.

This “living fossil” is a biological indicator that (like us) is fond of wetlands, but only occurs at a limited number of sites in south-eastern Australia, and over recent years has been found to occur at a handful of important wetland sites in the focal region of Nature Glenelg Trust. At 2.5 centimetres in length they might be small, but we think they are a rather impressive little creature; after all, although rare, they have demonstrated remarkable resilience and we are fortunate that they call our region home.