Mokota Conservation Park

Where is it?: Mokota Conservation Park is 6km E of Mount Bryan and 15km N of Burra.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 465 hectares. Hundred of Kingston – Sections 164, 165 and Allotment 43 (Deposited plan 55833) 1.

Landscape Management Region: Northern and Yorke

History: Mokota Conservation Park was proclaimed on 26 October 20002.

Habitat: The park was the first reserve in South Australia to be acquired with the priority aim of protecting a native grassland.

Overall the tussock grassland plant community on the northern and western slopes is dominated by Hard Mat-rush (Lomandra multiflora ssp dura) over Brush Wire Grass (Aristida behriana). Spear (Austrostipa spp.) and wallaby (Danthonia spp.) grasses are important throughout.

Vegetation on low to mid slopes is a patchwork of the following:

  • Sparse native species-rich herbland with few weeds consisting of predominantly native forbs and
  • sparse native grasses, with or without Lomandra sp., Cryptandra amara occurs locally on low rises;
  • Moderate to dense species-poor grassland dominated by Wild Oats (*Avena barbata) and Brush
  • Wire-grass (Aristida behriana) with or without Hard Mat-rush (Lomandra multiflora ssp dura) and native spear grasses (Austrostipa spp.), having fewer native species overall;
  • Dense weedy patches dominated by Salvation Jane (*Echium plantagineum), Onion-grass (*Romulea spp.), Wild Oats (*Avena barbata) and/or other alien plants, with few native species;
  • Dense, native species-poor grassland dominated by Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra3.

More information: NPWSSA

Total Species Recorded to Date: 34 (non-passerines 17, passerines 17)

Common Species: Nankeen Kestrel, Australian Pipit, Brown Songlark

Less Common Species: Australian Bustard, White-fronted Chat, Spotted Harrier

 1 Protected Areas Information System Property Summary Report (15 March 2019). Department for Environment and Water, Adelaide, South Australia. p. 54. 

 2 National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 Sections 30 and 43: Constitution of Mokota Conservation Park. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 169: 2787-2788. (26 October 2000) 

 2 Mokota Conservation Park Management Plan. 2003. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, South Australia. 

Updated: 25/07/2021


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