Hart Lagoon, Waikerie

Where is it?: Hart Lagoon is on the outskirts of Waikerie between Ramco Road and the River Murray. There is a bird hide at the south-eastern end of the lagoon.

Owner: Crown land

hartlagoon1Property summary: Total area 230 hectares. Hundred of Waikerie – Allotment 2 (Deposited Plan 34467)

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

History: The wetland has been managed by Hart Lagoon Wetland Group (Riverland West Landcare) since 2004 with assistance from Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin.

Habitat: The area has salt bush (Atriplex spp.) with samphire on the margins, there are also patches of isolated reeds and sedgeland along the wetland margins, with open woodland of River Box (Eucalyptus largiflorens) / River Red Gum (E. camaldulensis) and shrubland on the surrounding higher floodplain.

hartlagoon2Total Species Recorded to Date: 120 (non-passerines 72, passerines 48)

Common Species: Black Swan, Grey Teal, Australasian Shoveler, White-faced Heron, Crested Pigeon, Yellow Rosella, Welcome Swallow

Less Common Species: Freckled Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Little Eagle, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Whiskered Tern, Red-backed Kingfisher, Regent Parrot