Bool Lagoon Game Reserve

Where is it?: Bool Lagoon GR is 24km south of Naracoorte.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 3103 hectares. Hundred of Robertson – Allotments 5 (Deposited Plan 29651), 4 and 5 (Deposited Plan 35231), 11 (Deposited Plan 35232), Sections 223, 224, 323, 330, 356 and 380

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South East

History: Prior to their proclamation, Bool and Hacks Lagoons were held under private pastoral leases. As early as 1940, the Flora and Fauna Committee and the South Australian Ornithological Association (which is now known as Birds SA) proposed that all or part of the wetland be declared a Bird Sanctuary.  

Sections 223 and 224 were proclaimed as a Game Reserve on 8 June 1967.  This was the first game reserve declared in South Australia. Section 380 was added on 27 August 1992. Section 323 was added on 29 August 1974. Section 330, Allotments Allotments 5 (Deposited Plan 29651), 4 and 5 (Deposited Plan 35231), 11 (Deposited Plan 35232) were added on 4 November 1993.

Habitat: At certain times and for long periods there may be no water. The following habitat types are present

  • Tall Shrubland – Swamp Paperbark (Melaleuca halmaturorum ssp. halmaturorum)
  • Sedgeland – Cutting Grass (Gahnia trifida), Thatching Grass (G. filum)
  • Sedgeland –  Swamp Twig-rush  (Baumea arthrophylla), Bare Twig-rush (B. juncea), Jointed Twig-rush (B. articulata), Coarse Twine-rush (Leptocarpus brownii), Slender Spike-rush (Eleocharis gracilis).
  • Grassland – Common Reed (Phragmites australis), Narrow-leaf Bulrush (Typha domingensis)
  • Grassland – Emu-grass (Distichlis distichophylla), Salt Couch (Sporobolus virginicus), Phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) and Paradox Canary-grass (P. paradoxa)
  • Floating waterplants Herbland – Water-ribbons (Triglochin procerum), Millfoil (Myriophyllum spp.)Pond-weed (Potamogeton spp.)
  • Open water

More information: DEWNR

Total Species Recorded to Date: 183 (non-passerines 122, passerines 61)

Common Species: Black Swan, Australian Shelduck, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Eastern Great Egret, Swamp Harrier

Less Common Species: Plumed Whistling Duck, Glossy Ibis, Black-backed Bittern, Cattle Egret, Spotted Harrier, Australian Pratincole, Sacred Kingfisher