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Coastal Access

The Friends of Sceale Bay planned and developed the beach access walkway at Surfers Beach at Sceale Bay, as part of a Federally-funded "Envirofund" project in 2006. Members of the group were also instrumental in developing the access boardwalk and lookout at "The Island" at Searcy Bay.

On-Ground Support for Scientists

On-ground support has been provided by members of our group for visiting scientists who have been involved in research and monitoring projects in the Chain of Bays. We have assisted scientists with accommodation, transport and coordinating access to marine and coastal sites. We have also assisted in Australian Sea Lion pup counts, shorebird monitoring, and monitoring of coastal raptors. On many occasions we have reported significant wildlife observations to the District Park Ranger Office, the South Australian Museum, or relevant researcher. We have been monitoring coastal raptor nesting territories for several years and reporting our observations to raptor expert Terry Dennis. We encourage visitors who observe coastal raptors to communicate their observations to Terry Dennis.

Chain of Bays Management Action Plan

We developed this comprehensive management plan for the Chain of Bays in 2006, as part of a Federal "Envirofund" project. Many of the actions and objectives of this plan have been addressed, but we continue to work on areas that still need to be addressed, such as rehabilitation of degraded areas, improved protection for endangered species, and the consolidation of the conservation estate.


Our group has been very active in our defence and promotion of the Chain of Bays environment. We have always sought to inform the public about the values of this special region, and the threats that put this environment at risk. We have issued media releases, conducted radio and television interviews, conducted press conferences, and we have had numerous newspaper articles published. We have produced DVDs, video footage for television broadcast, and many wonderful photographs. We have now extended into the digital realm, and we will continue to inform and engage the public about the Chain of Bays.

Boxthorn Control

Feral African boxthorns are one of the most invasive exotic woody weeds in coastal areas, and they are widespread in coastal dunes throughout the Chain of Bays, especially in more disturbed areas. Members of our group have been involved in removal of feral boxthorns from coastal areas, including the Sceale Bay Conservation Park, and Calca Peninsula. We are currently exploring funding opportunities to undertake a major boxthorn removal program in the region.
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