Swan Reach Conservation Park

Where is it?: Swan Reach Conservation Park is located south of the Swan Reach to Sedan Road, about 10 kilometres west of the town of Swan Reach.

Owner: Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

Property summary: Total area 2017 hectares – Hundred of Fisher, Sections 38-43, 55-57, and 212.

History: An area of 874 hectares was proclaimed on 28 May 1970 as Swan Reach National Park. It was re-proclaimed on 27 April 1972 as a Conservation Park. Another 1021 hectares was added in May 1974 and a further small area of 122 hectares was added in 1974.

Habitat: Two major vegetation formations are found on Swan Reach Conservation Park. The majority of the area is an open area of scrub of mallee box (Eucalyptus porosa), red mallee (E. oleosa) and yorrell (E. gracilis}. The remaining area comprises low woodland with false sandalwood (Myoporum platycarpum) and bullock bush (Heterodendrum oleaefolium) over an understorey of spear-grass (Stipa spp.), and ephemeral herbs. Most of the mallee scrub in this region has been cut over for firewood and the present vegetation is mostly regrowth. Some areas were completely cleared and now exist as grassland. Presently the park lacks the numbers of large, mature mallees which originally occurred in the area and provided nesting hollows for birds.

More information: DEWNR

Total Species Recorded to Date: 97 (non-passerines 32, passerines65)

Common Species: Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Southern Whiteface, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Grey Shrikethrush, Australian Magpie

Less Common Species: Malleefowl, Little Eagle, Crested Pigeon, Inland Thornbill,