Warriparinga Wetlands, Bedford Park

Where is it?: The Warriparinga Wetlands are adjacent to the Sturt River at the corner of Marion and Sturt Roads, Bedford Park (commonly known as Laffer’s Triangle). 

Owner: City of Marion

Property summary: Total area 3.5 hectares. Hundred of Noarlunga – Allotments 152, 708 and 801.

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

History: Farmland was purchased by the State Government in the 1960s and the flood plains were reclaimed for housing. After severe flooding in 1963, it was decided to concrete-line the river, so between 1968 and 1972 the Sturt Drain was constructed. Planning for the construction of a wetland on the land began in 1996, with funding provided by the Patawalonga Catchment Water Management Board, City of Marion and the State Government. It was completed in 1998. 

Habitat: The original vegetation along Sturt Creek was River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). Since the wetlands were created more than 8000 native trees and shrubs have been planted at Warriparinga. Species include River Red Gum, Silky Tea-tree (Leptospermum lanigerum) and Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha).

More information: City of MarionADMLRMFOW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 58 (non-passerines 36, passerines 22)

Common Species: Maned Duck, Pacific Black Duck x *Mallard, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Crested Pigeon, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Miner

Less Common Species: Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Red-rumped Parrot, Willie Wagtail, Little Grassbird, Australian Reed Warbler

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