Maize Island Lagoon Conservation Park

Where is it?: Maize Island Lagoon Conservation Park is located on the southern side of the River Murray, two kilometres east of Waikerie in the Riverland.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water.

Property summary: Total area 214 hectares. Hundred of Holder – Sections 365, 427, 496, 497, 529 and 530.

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

History: Sections 365 (Maize Island Lagoon (= HolderLagoon)) and 427 were proclaimed as a Fauna Reserve on 1 December 1966.  The area was re-proclaimed as Maize Island Conservation Park on 27 April 1972. Sections 496 and 497 were added 24 March 1977 and Sections 529 and 530 on 15 November 1984.

Habitat: There are a three major plant communities with the park:

  • River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensisand Riverbox (E. largiflorens) Woodland to OpenWoodland, with an understorey of Lignum (Muehlenbeckia cunninghamii), grasses and sedges, in low¬≠ lying areas;
  • Lignum Open Scrub with areas of River Red Gum seedlings, also found in low-lying areas; and 
  • Tussock Grassland of exotic grasses and ephemerals in the cleared central part of the Park.

More information: DEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 95 (non-passerines 42, passerines 53)

Common Species: Yellow Rosella, Brown Treecreeper, Purple-backed Fairywren, Noisy Miner, Willie Wagtail, Magpielark

Less Common Species: Regent Parrot, Pied Honeyeater, White-winged Fairywren, Gilbert’s Whistler, Grey Fantail, Red-capped Robin

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