Scott Creek Conservation Park

Where is it?: This park is SE of Cherry Gardens towards Mount Bold Reservoir.Mount Bold Road forms the southern and south-eastern boundary. Gurr Road is the north-eastern boundary whilst the remainder of the park abuts private land. Scott Creek Road, Frith Road and Dorset Vale Road go through the park. There is parking available at the Alamanda Mines site along Dorset Vale Road.

Owner: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Property summary: Total area 712 hectares. Hundred of Noarlunga – Sections 232,  1114, 1125, 1169, 1412, 1455, 1593, 1669-1679, 3937, Allotments 10-13, 100

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

History: Scott Creek Reserve was purchased by the South Australian Government in the early 1970’s for water catchment purposes and possible future water storage. A study conducted by the then Engineering and Water Supply Deparment in 1975 found, that while the land was no longer required for water storage, it should continue to be managed by a Government authority, to ensure a clean water catchment and to preserve its natural conservation values.  Subsequently this park was proclaimed on 7 November 1985 and additional areas were added on 28 June 2001.

Habitat: The main upper canopy species is messmate stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua) which is associated with several other species, including South Australian blue gum (E. leucoxylon), pink gum (E. fasciculosa) and cup gum (E. cosmophylla). In some valleys, river red gum (E. camaldulensis) and manna gum (E. viminalis) are the dominant canopy species. Silky tea-tree (Leptospermum lanigerum), swamp wattle (Acacia retinodes), soft water fern (Blechnum minus), and several sedge and rush species grow in the cooler, damper creeklines. Some of the dominant species occurring in the diverse lower canopy include golden wattle (A. pycnantha), sweet bursaria (Bursaria spinosa), silver banksia (Banksia marginata), needle bush (Hakea rostrata), drooping sheoak (Allocasuarina muelleriana) and native cherry (Exocarpos cupressiformis). Understorey species such as common heath (Epacris impressa), flame heath (Astroloma conostephioides), common fringe myrtle (Calytrix tetragona) and lavender grevillea (Grevillea lavandulacea) are conspicuous  when in flower. Portions of the more arable sections of the park have, in the past, been cleared. Consequently, the invasion of some major pest plants has taken place here and also in other sections where mining, logging and houses occurred. Natural plant communities are slowly re-establishing themselves in these areas.

More information: DEWNRFriends of Scott Creek

Total Species Recorded to Date: 126 (non-passerines 63, passerines 63)

Common Species: Common Bronzewing, Laughing Kookaburra, Striated Thornbill, White-browed Scrubwren, Superb Fairywren, New Holland Honeyeater

Less Common Species:  Eurasian Coot, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Kite, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Weebill, Jacky Winter



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