Mutton Cove Conservation Reserve

Where is it?: Mutton Cove Conservation Reserve is on the LeFevre Peninsula adjacent to the Port River. The reserve is part of the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area c. 48 hectares. Hundred of Adelaide – Allotment 22 (Deposited Plan 76309).

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

History: The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary was proclaimed on 2 June 2005.

Habitat: The area has been significantly degraded since European settlement. It is last remaining biodiverse area of salt marsh and Grey Mangrove ( Avicenna marina) woodland on the LeFevre Peninsula. The salt marsh is comprised of Beaded Samphire (Sarcocornia quinqueflora), Austral Seablite (Suaeda australis),  Shrubby Glasswort (Tecticornia arbuscula) and Grey Samphire (Tecticornia halocnemoides) low shrubland. 

More information: Friends of Mutton Cove

Total Species Recorded to Date: 89 (non-passerines 58, passerines 16)

Common Species: White-faced Heron, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Silver Gull, Spur-winged Plover, White-fronted Chat, Singing Honeyeater, Welcome Swallow

Less Common Species: Musk Duck, Pacific Reef Heron, Australian Pelican, Rock Parrot, Grey Shrikethrush, Brown Songlark

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