Shepherds Hill Recreation Park

Where is it?: This small park of 77 hectares is between St Marys and Eden Hills. Ayliffes Road forms part of the northern boundary along with Saddle Hill Reserve. On the eastern boundary is Watiparinga Reserve and on the south Ellis Avenue Reserve. Public transport is available via the Adelaide-Belair Railway with a short walk (c. 320m.) from Eden Hills Station or Bus Route G10 (Blair Athol to Marion Centre Interchange – Stop 24A, Ayliffes Road). There is a car park along Ayliffes Road.

Owner: Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. more information;
Friends of Shepherd Hill Recreation Park

Habitat: The native vegetation communities present in the park today have been greatly modified by a history of farming, grazing, and invasion by introduced species. Today the vegetation comprises in part, a remnant open woodland of grey box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) with the native understorey species of kangaroo thorn (Acacia paradoxa), golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha), native hopbush (Dodonaea viscosa spp. spatulata), and wallaby grass (Rytidosperma caespitosa). The creeks are lined with old growth river red gum (E. camaldulensis) Woodland.

Total Species Recorded to Date: 66 (non-passerines 25, passerines 41)

Common Species: *Spotted Dove, Adelaide Rosella, Superb Fairywren, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, *Common Starling, *Common Blackbird

Less Common Species: Red-rumped Parrot, Tawny Frogmouth, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Willie Wagtail, Red-browed Finch