Desert Camp Conservation Reserve

Where is it?: The Desert Camp Conservation Reserve lies  c. 17 kilometres north west of Padthaway, on the eastern side of the Riddoch Highway.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 882 hectares – Hundred of Marcollat, Section 55.

History: The area was proclaimed on 11 November 1993.

Habitat: The reserve is the largest block of remnant vegetation in the Hundred of Marcollat. It accounts for over half of the remaining native vegetation in blocks greater than 25 hectares in that Hundred. Eight distinct vegetation associations can be identified within the reserve:

  • Brown stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri) Low Woodland
  • Pink gum (E. fasciculosa) Woodland over a Mixed Heath
  • Pink gum (E. fasciculosa) Low Woodland over a desert banksia (Banksia ornata) / heath yacca (Xanthorrhoea caespitosa) / heath tea-tree(Leptospermum myrsinoides)
  • Open South Australian blue gum (E. leucoxylon) Woodland
  • Dwarf hakea (Hakea rugosa) / dwarf sheok (Allocasuarina pusilla) / honey myrtle (Melaleuca brevifolia)
  • Coastal white mallee (E. diversifolia) Open Scrub
  • Broombush (M. uncinata) / silver broombush (Baeckea behrii) Open Heath
  • Mixed Herbland

More information: DEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 93 (non-passerines 37, passerines 56)

Common Species: Peaceful Dove, Galah, Australian Magpie, Superb Fairywren, New Holland Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird

Less Common Species: Buff-rumped Thornbill, Southern Emuwren, Grey Butcherbird, White-winged Triller, Eastern Yellow Robin

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