Wills Creek Conservation Park

Where is it?: Wills Creek Conservation Park is situated at Mangrove Point on the north-western shores of Gulf St Vincent. The park includes a coastal wetland/estuary of national significance and is classified on the Directorof Important Wetlands iAustralia as comprising Marine and Coastal Wetland types A1, A2, A7-A9 (Environment Australia, 2001).The park extends south from the township of Port Clinton to south of the town of Price and eastwards to Gulf St Vincent. The park abuts the Price Saltfields. Parking is available at Price and at the end of the causeway linking Price to the tidal Wills Creek. 

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 2298 hectares. Hundred of Cunningham – Allotments 6 (Deposited Plan 44470), 11-14, 20-22, 26-28 (Deposited Plan 31429). 

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Northern and Yorke

History: Wills Creek Conservation Park was first proclaimed on 14 December 2006.

Habitat: There are a three major plant communities with the park.

  • Mangrove woodland – Grey Mangrove (Avicennia marina ssp. marina).
  • Low (Samphire) shrubland – Shrubby Samphire (Tecticornia arbuscula) and Beaded Samphire (Salicornia quinqueflora).
  • Low woodland – along the limestone escarpment north of Price – Red Mallee (Eucsalyptus oleosa), Dryland Tea-tree (Melaleuca lanceolataand Spear Grass (Austrostipa spp.).  

The park provides habitat fothe nationally and state vulnerable SlenderbilleThornbill (Acanthiza iredalei).

More information: DEW

Total Species Recorded to Date: 67 (non-passerines 38, passerines 29)

Common Species: Chestnut Teal, Grey Teal, White-faced Heron, Common Greenshank, Singing Honeyeater, White-browned Scrubwren, Willie Wagtail

Less Common Species: Far Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel, Terek Sandpiper, Rock Parrot, Red Wattlebird

Updated: 22/07/2019

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