‘Bowman Park’, Crystal Brook

Where is it?: ‘Bowman Park’ is about 5km E of Crystal Brook off the Gladstone-Huddleston Road.

Owner: Crown Land managed by Port Pirie Regional Council

bowmanparkProperty summary: Total area  hectares. Hundred of Crystal Brook – Section 1900

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

History: ‘Crystal Brook Runwas established in 1847 by William Younghusband and Peter Ferguson. The Run covered 560 square miles. The Bowman brothers took over the Crystal Brook Runlease in 1852 and operated it for the next 24 years, until the land was resumed for agricultural use under the Strangways act in 1876.

Habitat: Along Crystal Brook there is Woodland of South Australian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon). On the higher slopes there is Mallee Box (E. porosa), Southern Cypress Pine (Callitris gracilis). Undertstorey plants here include Elegant Wattle (Acacia victoriae), Golden Wattle (A. pycnantha) and Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa).

bowmanpark2More information: Bowman Park

Total Species Recorded to Date: 64 (non-passerines 25, passerines 39)

Common Species: Peaceful Dove, Crested Pigeon, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, White-plumed Honeyeater, Dusky Woodswallow, Australian Magpie, Willie Wagtail

Less Common Species: Rainbow Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, White-winged Chough, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Diamond Firetail


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