Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

Where is it?: Blackwood Forest RP 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: Blackwood Forest RP was originally known as the Blackwood Experimental Orchard. It was proclaimed on 1 November 2001.

Habitat: The park has limited natural vegetation, the riparian vegetation understorey along the watercourses largely, but not completely, comprising 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 ha 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

Total Species Recorded to Date: 40 (non-passerines 16, passerines 24)

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

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