Calpatanna Waterhole Conservation Park

Where is it?: Calpatanna Waterhole Conservation Park is approximately 25 kilometres south-east of Streaky Bay at the corner of Calca and Baird Bay Roads.

calpatannacp1Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 3644 hectares. Hundred of Wrenfordsley – Sections 121, 122, 128, 129, 144, 179, 180, 189, 248 and 249.

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Eyre

History: The park was proclaimed on 14 February 1974.  Sections 248 and 249 were added on 11 July 1985.

Habitat: There is a 500 hectare claypan lagoon in the south-western quadrant of Calpatanna Waterhole Conservation Park and a complex of smaller lakes along the remainder of the western side. In this area a narrow zone of samphire low shrubland is found. A complex system of low-lying but rarely inundated flats extends from the western salt lakes to the eastern boundary covering  approximately  26 per cent of the park’s area. These flats support an open-scrub dominated by Swamp Paper-bark (Melaleuca halmaturorum). Much of the park is dominated by mallee open-scrub with White Mallee (Eucalyptus dumosa), Yorrell (E. gracilis), Kingscote Mallee (E. rugosa) and Yalata Mallee (E. yalatensis). There are also areas of introduced grassland as a result from clearing and grazing of native vegetation before the dedication of the park.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

calpatannacp2More information: DEWNR

Total Species Recorded to Date: 83 (non-passerines 33, passerines 50)

Common Species: Crested Pigeon, Nankeen Kestrel, Galah, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Weebill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Grey Butcherbird, Willie Wagtail

Less Common Species: White-faced Heron, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Ground Cuckooshrike, White-winged Chough, Restless Flycatcher

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