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Tallaringa Conservation Park bio-surveys

Located on the fringe of the Great Victoria Desert, the Tallaringa Conservation Park is a vast wilderness of vegetated dunes and stony outcrops. The park is home to many important wildlife species brilliantly adapted to live in its arid environment.

Supported by the AW Landscape Board, Traditional Owners survey flora and fauna in the south-western corner and northern section of the park.

Sites are selected to represent the major habitat types occurring within each study area. Fauna at each site are surveyed for three consecutive nights according to standard South Australian Government survey procedure using Elliott traps, funnel traps, pitfall traps and observational bird census. Incidental observations from the wider area are recorded throughout the survey period. Similarly, flora at each site was surveyed using standard SA Government procedure to allow comparison should the sites be re-surveyed in the future.

Fauna at each site are surveyed for three consecutive nights using various types of traps, with birds and their habitats noted through observation.

In 2015, seven bird species and at least four reptiles not previously been recorded in Tallaringa were identified. This included the rare Chestnut-breasted Whiteface which is seldom observed and one of only two bird species endemic to South Australia.

Flora is also carefully recorded at each site to ensure changes could easily be recognised in future surveys. There are also at least seven species of mulga found co-existing in the park… such diversity in one area like this is very rare..

Although the areas surveyed appear to be free of weed infestation ongoing monitoring remains important to ensure that Buffel grass and other weeds don’t spread into the park.

TO’s participated in the survey undertake Certificate courses in Conservation and Land Management.

For more detailed information please see the reports below.


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