Life in the Deadwood comes to the Mount Gambier Library this Sunday 23 June!

Life in the Deadwood comes to the Mount Gambier Library this Sunday 23 June!

Come for one big day of  Life in the Deadwood activities at the Mount Gambier library this Sunday, which is also the last official event in the 2013 Biodiversity ‘Up Close’ series and apart of the library’s Environment Month activities – click here for the enviro month brochure (1.5 MB) or check out the events by clicking here.

And don’t forget an exceptional art exhibition that’s on in Hamilton until the end of the month.  Click here for a low resolution poster of the Life in the Deadwood program or click on the image below:

Life in the Deadwood Poster

What:  Life in the Deadwood events at the library! Family Friendly

When: Sunday 23 June

Where: Multifunction room, Mount Gambier library


Session 1: Nature’s recyclers, beetles, what lives in hollows and sustainable firewood options

with Kris Messenger, Bugs ‘n’ Slugs; Oisin Sweeney, Natural Resources SE & Peter Feast, Mimosa Farm Trees

Time: 11:30 am (SA time) – duration 45 min


Session 2: Minibeasts, Bugs, Beetles and more with Kris Messenger and the Bugs ‘n’ Slugs team

Time: 1:30 pm (SA time) – duration 45 min

Bookings required for both sessions! LIMITED SPACES

To register: contact the library either in person; ph: (08) 8721 2540 or online:


  • Kris and her Bugs n Slugs minibeasts will be on display throughout the day at various times between 11am – 3pm.
  • Peter Feast from Mimosa Farm Trees will be hand with local native plants for sale, and to talk sustainable firewood.

Kris Messenger from Bugs n Slugs holding a native Giant Panda Snail (look how big it is!) with Stan Thomson, some bug larvae and deadwood on ABC Radio SE SA on Thursday morning

What:  Art Exhibition- Stan Kelly: Fungi Family Friendly

When: Until 30 June

Where: Hamilton Art Gallery

Contact: Hamilton Art Gallery (03) 5573 0460

See the works of this self-taught artist, a Victorian railway engine driver by trade who devoted his paintings to Australian native flora and fungi. Did you know his paintings are on the Australian Passport?

Kris from ‘Bugs n Slugs’ has been extremely busy undertaking sessions with local kindys, preschools and schools across the South East, spreading the word  about life in the deadwood. By the end of the week she will have shown just how important deadwood is to over 1000 people!! A full report will be in the next blog. Hope to see you on Sunday at the library!


Becky McCann