Morgan Conservation Park

Where is it?: Morgan Conservation Park is located 167 km north east of Adelaide, on the eastern bank of the River Murray, opposite the township of Morgan. The park is bisected by the Morgan – Cadell Road.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Property summary: Total area 376 hectares. Hundred of Cadell, Sections 315-321, 323, Allotments 1, A and B.

History: The park with 361 hectares was first dedicated on 23 September 1976 to protect the wetlands. An additional 11 hectares were added on 4 November 1993.

Habitat: Six environmental associations have been identified within the park.

  • River red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and river box (E. largiflorens) Woodland to Open Woodland over prickly bottlebrush (Callistemon brachyandrus), lignum (Duma florentula), grasses and sedges is found in low-lying areas.
  • Red mallee (E. socialis) Open Scrub over small-leaved bluebush (Maireana brevifolia).
  • Erect mallee bluebush (M. pentatropis), saltbush (Atriplex spp.), and ruby saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa) occurs on the edge of the dune area in the southern part of the Park.
  • Red mallee with yorrell (E. gracilis) localized co-dominant Tall Shrubland to Tall Open Shrubland, over narrow-leaved hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa ssp. angustissima) and / or ruby saltbush on the dune area above the floodplain.
  • Lignum Open Scrub with areas of river red gum seedlings occurs in low-lying areas. A Tussock Grassland of exotic grasses and ephemerals in the low-lying north-central part of the park.
  • Tussock Grassland of ephemerals and spear-grass (Austrostipa sp.) in areas where the red mallee has been cleared.

More information: DEWNR

Total Species Recorded to Date: 147 (non-passerines 85, passerines 62)

Common Species: Grey Teal, White-faced Heron, Whistling Kite, Australasian Darter, Whistling Kite, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Yellow Rosella, Noisy Miner, Tree Martin

Less Common Species: Blue-billed Duck, Black-shouldered Kite, Australasian Bittern, Whiskered Tern, Striped Honeyeater, Apostlebird, Zebra Finch

 

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