While some people fear them, and many shy away, spiders are incredible little creatures that play an indispensable role in the balance of the ecosystem. Join spider-watcher and landcarer, Cindy Macardle, as she reveals a captivating array of creatures who now call the wetland home - most of which are concealed from our everyday gaze. Using macrophotography, Cindy reveals an astonishing world with an incredible range of behaviours, from intricate web construction, to stealthy hunting techniques and the use of disguises to avoid detection. Cindy is a member of Friends of Sturt River Landcare Group and an active volunteer on the site. Join her on a photographic journey through the trees, shrubs, reeds and leaf litter where spiders make their homes. Prepare to be captivated, amused and astonished as we explore the hidden world of spiders of the wetlands.
Much of macrophotography in this presentation was taken in areas planted by Friends of Sturt River Landcare Group volunteers over the past decade. More than 100,000 biodiversity plantings have been added to this site to increase habitat for native wildlife at Oaklands wetland and neighbouring Oaklands Reserve.