The inappropriate use of areas for recreational purposes (such as for off-road vehicles/bikes, horses), poses a significant threat to biodiversity across the region. Whether it is off-road vehicles in parks and reserves or bike riding and horse riding on designated walking trails, the use of areas unsuitable for these activities can lead to a number of issues, not limited to:
- Spread of weeds and soil pathogens (eg. Phytophthora)
- Erosion of trails
- Damage and destruction of native vegetation, including threatened plant populations
- Disturbance of wildlife, and
- Destruction of habitat. There are designated public areas across our region where some of these activities can legally take place.
There are a number of designated horse riding trails within the Adelaide Hills Council region.
See HorseSA website for details http://www.horsesa.asn.au/
Mountain Bike Riding
The South Australian Government is investing $1.5 million towards establishing Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges as an international mountain biking destination, building on the already extensive network of trails across national parks, forest reserves and other public land. Click here for more information.