D.B. Mack Reserve, Stockyard Plain

Where is it?: The D.B. Mack Reserve is between Blanchetown and Waikerie about 27km from Blanchetown along the Sturt Highway.

Owner: National Trust of South Australia

dbmack1Property summary: Total area 265 hectares. Hundred of Waikerie – Section 162 (Heritage Agreement 545)

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin

History: The property was purchased from Mr F.J. Fettke in 1965. The reserve was named after Mr D. B. (David) Mack who was District Officer for the Department of Lands during the 1960’s and a strong supporter of the National Trust of South Australia and was one of the instigators, in 1962, of what was originally known as the Nor’ West Bend Branch of the National Trust – before being re-named Waikerie Branch in 1985.

dbmack2Habitat: The D.B. Mack reserve is a significant area of mallee vegetation in a wider regional mosaic of remnant mallee. Mallee speciesin the reserve include Red Mallee (Eucalyptus oleosa), Yorrell (E. leptophylla) and Beaked Red Mallee (E. socialis). Undertorey plants include Spinifex (Triodia irritans), Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp. angustissima) and Mealy Wattle (Acacia farinosa).

More information: National Trust SA

Total Species Recorded to Date: 76 (non-passerines 27, passerines 49)

Common Species: Yellow-plumed Honeyeater, Spotted Pardalote, Weebill, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Australian Magpie, Grey Shrikethrush, Jacky Winter

Less Common Species: Emu, Whistling Kite, Tawny Frogmouth, Red-rumped Parrot, Regent Parrot, Hooded Robin, Black-capped Sittella

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