Red Banks Conservation Park

Where is it?: This park is 15km E of Burra.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 1030 hectares. Hundred of Baldina – Sections 244, 277, 278, 280 and 294, Allotment 21

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

History: Red Banks Conservation Park was proclaimed on 15 January 2002.

Habitat: The park protects fossilised remains of Australia‚Äôs extinct megafauna, including Diprotodon, Thylacine, Sthenurus and Procoptodon. Many of these fossils have been preserved in situ and have remained articulated, thus increasing the value of the site.

Red Banks Conservation Park occurs at the transition of two broadly defined ecosystem types: (i) the temperate grasslands and grassy woodlands of the North Mount Lofty Ranges; and (ii) the semi-arid shrublands and mallee of the Murray Plains. The park supports a number of vegetation associations.

Red Mallee (Eucalyptus oleosa) with or without Gilja Mallee (E. brachycalyx) is found in the eastern portion of the park, with Yorrell (E. gracilis) present in all but the most north-western portion. Scattered individuals of Bullock Bush (Alectryon oleifolia), Leafless Cherry (Exocarpos aphyllus), Native Apricot (Pittosporum phylliraeoides) and Umbrella Wattle (Acacia oswaldii) are found amongst the mallee. The understorey is dominated by Black Bluebush (Maireana pyramidata), Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa), Mealy Saltbush (Rhagodia parabolica) and Short-leafed Bluebush (M. brevifolia).

Degraded Black Bluebush (Maireana pyramidata) Shrubland occurs over most of the western portion of the park. Short-leafed Bluebush, Mealy Saltbush, Nitre Bush (Nitraria billardierei) and Grey Bindyi (Sclerolaena diacantha) form the subdominant cover.

Along Baldina Creek and the western end of Stone Chimney Creek there is Common Reed (Phragmites australis)/Bulrush (Typha domingensis) Reedlands. The occasional River Red Gum (E. camaldulensis), South Australian Blue Gum (E. leucoxylon ssp. pruinosa) and Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolata lanceolata) occur along the edges of the reedland areas.

The creeks in Red Banks Conservation Park are bound by a belt of Mallee Box (E. porosa) Low Woodland. Beaked Red Mallee and Red Mallee are scattered amongst the Mallee Box with increasing abundance towards higher ground. There are also a small number of Southern Cypress Pine (Callitris gracilis) distributed amongst the Mallee Box trees.

There is an area of Scented Mat-rush (Lomandra effusa) Tussock Grassland in the western portion of the park.

More information: DEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 79 (non-passerines 27, passerines 52)

Common Species: Redthroat, Black-faced Cuckooshrike, Grey Butcherbird, Little Raven, White-winged Chough, Jacky Winter,

Less Common Species: Cockatiel, Rufous Fieldwren, White-browed Babbler, Rufous Whistler, Grey Fantail, Brown Songlark

 

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