Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

Where is it?: Blackwood Forest Recreation Park is located at Hawthorndene in the Coromandel Valley, 14.5km south of Adelaide. The park is bounded by Main Road and Turners Avenue on the west and south, and by Myrtle Road on the east. The main entrance is located on the corner of Main Road and Turners Avenue.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 21 hectares. Hundred of Adelaide – Section 665

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

History: The area was first acquired by the Government in 1908 for use as an experimental orchard and continued to be used for horticultural research until the 1960s. It was known as the Blackwood Experimental Orchard.

Following the closure of the Blackwood Experimental orchard the site was transferred to the Woods and Forests Department in 1968. It was later dedicated as Blackwood Forest Reserve on 29 May 1975. It was declared surplus in 1985 and the site was resumed and held as Crown Land. 

There was sustained public concern over a period of more than 15 years since the mid 1980’s, seeking to have the land retained as open space.  

Eventually Blackwood Forest Recreation Park was proclaimed on 1 November 2001.

Habitat: The park has limited natural vegetation. The riparian vegetation understorey along the watercourses largely, but not completely, comprises introduced species. However Minno Creek (on the western boundary) retains some old River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and a few Acacia species. The vegetation has been extensively altered and the only native vegetation (in any quantity) is to be found on the eastern perimeter and along the two watercourses. About 8 hectares of the park is Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) plantation and the remainder an open grassland dominated by introduced Phalaris grass (Phalaris aquatica).

More information: DEW Friends NPWS

Total Species Recorded to Date: 40 (non-passerines 18, passerines 25)

Common Species: Maned Duck, Adelaide Rosella, Eastern Rosella, Rainbow Lorikeet, New Holland Honeyeater, Spotted Pardalote

Less Common Species: Laughing Kookaburra, Eastern Spinebill, Noisy Miner, Grey Shrikethrush, Magpielark




Updated: 18/08/2019

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