Mowantjie Willauwar Conservation Park

Where is it?: Mowantjie Willauwar Conservation Park is situated 6km SSW of Tailem Bend along the Princess Highway between Tailem Bend and Meningie.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 143 hectares. Hundred of Seymour – Sections 513-518, Allotments 50-54 (Filed Plan 33930) 3.

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin

History: Sections 513-518 were proclaimed a Forest Reserve on 30 March 1967 1. This area was known as the Tailem Bend Forest Reserve.

It was proclaimed on 2 June 2005 as Mowantjie Willauwar Conservation Park 3.

Habitat: There are a number of habitats within the park –

  • Closed forest – Southern Cypress Pine (Callitris gracilis) with understory including Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) and Sticky Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa spp. spatulata)
  • Woodland – Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata)
  • Woodland – Mallee Box (Eucalyptus porosa) with understory including Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa var. tomentosa), Grey Mulga (Acacia brachybotrya)
  • Grassland – Scented Irongrass (Lomandra effusa)

Weed species such as Bridle Creeper (Asparagus asparagoides), Perennial Veldt Grass (Ehrharta calycina), False Caper (Euphorbia terracina), Onion Weed (Asphodelus fistulosus) and Bearded Oat (Avena barbata) are prevalent throughout the park 2.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 61 (non-passerines 20, passerines 41)

Common Species: White-browed Babbler, Superb Fairywren, *European Goldfinch, Singing Honeyeater, Yellow Thornbill, Yellow-rumped Thornbill,

Less Common Species: Golden-headed Cisticola, Little Eagle, Brown Falcon, Galah, Weebill

 1 Crown Lands Act, 1929-1966: Hundred Of Seymour—Forest Reserve Reserved. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia. 13: 1136. (30 March1967)

 2 Management Plan. Mowantjie Willauwar and Poonthie Ruwe Conservation Parks. 2008. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, South Australia.

 3 National Parks and Wildlife (Mowantjie Willauwar Conservation Park) Proclamation 2005. The South Australian Government Gazette. Government of South Australia: 52: 1688. (2 June 2005).

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

Updated: 17/11/2019

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