Mary Seymour Conservation Park

Where is it?: Mary Seymour Conservation Park is about 30km SW of Naracoorte, at the corner of Bool Lagoon West Road and Coles-Killanoola Road.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 340 hectares. Hundred of Robertson – Sections 199, 200 and 365

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South East

History: This park was first proclaimed on 18 September 1980.

Habitat: The western quarter is characterised by a limestone ridge supporting a low open forest of Brown Stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri) and Pink Gum (E. fasciculosa) associations over a sparse low shrub layer. The remainder is a complex wetland system, with limestone outcrops. The wetland area supports three distinct vegetation types:

  •  a two strata mid-dense low shrub formation of Mallee Honey-myrtle (Melaleuca neglecta) with Cutting Grass (Gahnia trifida) over a sparse tussock grass and dwarf shrub stratum dominated by Bare Twig-rush (Machaerina juncea) and Small Darwinia (Darwinia micropetala);
  • a two strata low shrub formation of Prickly Tea-tree (Leptospermum continentalis) and Mallee Honey-myrtle over a sparse dwarf shrub layer dominated by Clustered Sword-sedge (Lepidosperma congestum), Bare Twig­rush (Baumea juncea), Running Marsh-flower (Villarsia reniformis), and Prickly Tea-tree; and
  • an isolated tree formation of South Australian Blue Gum (E.leucoxylon), Pink Gum and River Red Gum (E. camaldulensis), over a sparse ground stratum of Clustered Sword-sedge and Bare Twig-rush with annual grasses and forbs.

More information: DEWNR

Total Species Recorded to Date: 154 (non-passerines 79, passerines 75)

Common Species: Superb Fairywren, New Holland Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, Brown Thornbill, Grey Shrikethrush, Australian Magpie

Less Common Species: Brolga, White-necked Heron, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Scarlet Robin