Riverglades Wetlands

Where is it?: Riverglades Wetlands are on the eastern side of the River Murray opposite Murray Drive and adjacent to the Avoca Dell Reserve.  There is an easy walking trail around the wetlands.  Car parking is available in the Avoca Dell Reserve.

Riverglades wetlands looking eastOwner: The wetlands are privately owned and maintained by the Riverglades Community Wetlands Inc.

Property summary: Total area  c. 47 hectares. Hundred of Burdett – Allotment 25

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin

History: The wetlands were part of a dairy and sheep property from the mid-1800s until the early 1960’s when the area was bought by the developers Barrett and Barrett. In 1980 the Riverglades Ratepayers Association (later to become Riverglades Community Wetlands Inc.) purchased the land adjoining the wetland and took a 99 year lease reflecting the deep concern for maintaining it as a healthy and biodiverse part of our river system: The wetlands are now managed and maintained by volunteers local to the area.

Further information: Walking SA

Riverglades vegetation

Habitat: A narrow permanent wetland dominated by Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and Lignum (Duma florulenta). Aquatic plants such as Water Parsnip (Berula erecta), Water Ribbons (Cycnogeton procerum), Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum),  Slender Knotweed (Persicaria recipients) and Lake Clubrush (Schoenoplectus  tabernaemontani) can also be found. Around the edges of the wetlands there is a scattering of River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). A narrow pathway separates the wetlands from the River Murray. 

Total Species Recorded to Date: 103 (non-passerines 69, passerines 34)

Common Species: Black Swan, White-faced HeronAustralian Pelican, Australasian Darter, Eurasian Coot, Australian Reed Warbler

Less Common Species: Spotless Crake, Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-tailed Nativehen, White-browed Babbler, Black-faced Cuckooshrike

Updated: 22/08/2019

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