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a) Threatened Flora Species
b) Fauna Protection
c) Hooded Plover 

Threatened Flora Species

Many nationally threatened plant species are known to inhabit the local Alexandrina Council area.

Identifying where these species are located and how the locations are affected by weed infestation, diseases or disturbance and having this information readily available for use by Council and the community is an important task that we are continuously working on.

Threatened flora species that can be found within our natural environments include:

  • Fat Leaved Wattle (Acacia pinguifolia) - Info Sheet
  • Mount Compass Oak-Bush (Allocasuarina robusta) – Info Sheet
  • Mount Compass Swamp Gum (Eucalyptus paludicola) – Info Sheet
  • Resin Wattle (Acacia rhetinocarpa) – Info Sheet

 olearia pannosaOlearia pannosa (Silver Daisy-Bush). (Photo courtesy of Luke Simon)

pic 19 Caladenia colorata (Coloured Spider Orchard). (Photo courtesy of Bill New)

In the interest of protecting these species, please do not disturb plant sites by digging up plants, dumping rubbish, collecting firewood or burning without permission. Please only drive your 4WD vehicles on designated roads and within official 4WD sites.

Fauna Protection

Habitat loss due to urban development, the introduction of invasive species (flora and fauna), the unsustainable use and management of natural resources and climate change (more extreme weather events, bush fires) threaten our local native fauna species such as the Orange Bellied Parrot, Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu Wren, Hooded Plover, Southern Brown Bandicoot and the Southern Pygmy Perch.

orange bellied parrotThe orange bellied parrot breeds only in Tasmania and winters near the coast in saltmarshes, near beaches and  dunes on southern mainland Australia, mainly around lakes Alexandrina and Albert. It is regarded as a critically endangered species.

birdThe Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren is unique to the Mount Lofty Ranges and Fleurieu Peninsula. It is dependant upon our vanishing Fleurieu Swamps for its survival. Fact Sheet (Photo courtesy of Peter Owens)

hooded plover shutterstockHooded Plovers are one of the threatened bird species that call our local beaches and dunes home. It is estimated that there are less than 70 Hooded plovers left on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Beachgoers should out watch for fenced off nests and keep their dogs on leashes. Please drive your 4WD close to the water’s edge to avoid nesting sites. Fact Sheet

bandicoot shutterstockSouthern Brown bandicoots can be found in dense scrubby habitats or areas with dense, low ground cover like Cox Scrub Conservation park. Feral cats and foxes pose the biggest threat to these small marsupials. Fact Sheet

fishThe Southern Pygmy Perch is currently listed as endangered in South Australia. Remaining populations include a patchy distribution in swampy areas and drains near Lake Alexandrina, Eastern Hindmarsh Island, Black Swamp and near Milang, a small catchment of the Tookayerta Creek, Finnis River and a single pool of the Angas river. 
Fact Sheet
Distribution Map

whale shutterstockOur southern coastline acts as an annual nursery for Southern Right Whales. Every Winter the migrate all the way from Antarctica to South Australia to mate and give birth. Great spots for whale watching are the viewing platforms at Port Elliot and Middleton. For more information visit the SA Whale Centre.

Bush rats are a native rat with a grey-brown fur, rounded ears and a relatively short tail.

Alexandrina Council is developing strategies to help to increase the resilience of our local ecosystems and we hope to maximise our potential to halt or slow the existing trend of biodiversity decline.

Focus points within our biodiversity management are the protection and enhancement of our coastal habitats (Hooded Plover) and our feral cat program.

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