Get your hands dirty to protect an endangered bird

News release
10 May 2017

Planting work at this year’s annual SwampFest on Sunday 21 May at Stipiturus Conservation Park will help save one of our rarest locals.    

Held in one of the last remaining swamps on the Fleurieu Peninsula, SwampFest is a free planting event to help restore the home of the endangered Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren (Stipiturus malachurus intermedius).

Volunteers will plant seedlings of Mount Compass Oak-bush (Allocasurina robusta), an endangered species, plus other plants which contribute to the habitat of the tiny and hard-to-spot wren.

Weighing in at just seven grams and reaching just 19 centimetres long (including tail) the Southern Emu-wren is one of the tiniest in the region.

SwampFest runs from 10am - 3pm and includes a complimentary lunch with vegan and vegetarian options.         

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Senior Ranger Amy Anderson said SwampFest is always popular, with many people travelling from far away to join in the day.

“It’s a rare chance to visit and help protect a truly special place,” she said.

“With kids’ activities and a lunchtime talk about what’s happing in the park, it’s a family friendly day,” she said.

“Last year about 120 people came along and they planted an amazing 3500 seedlings.”    

SwampFest has been running for six years and has helped revegetate and improve the native vegetation, with volunteers planting more than 13,500 tubestock around the swamp. 

“The efforts of everyone involved go a long way to looking after this park into the future,” Ms Anderson said.

Stipiturus Conservation Park, located in the Mount Compass area, is home to nearly 20 threatened plants and animals, including the Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus). 

“Less than one percent of permanent wetlands still survive in the Mount Lofty Ranges, and as a result, the Fleurieu swamps are extraordinarily rare: they’ve been listed nationally as a critically endangered ecological community.”

The work to restore Stipiturus Conservation Park has been a collaboration between Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning group, Conservation Council of SA, Nature Glenelg Trust and the local community.

Please bring:

  • wet weather gear (i.e. waterproof jacket/pants and gumboots)
  • warm clothing and boots
  • work gloves and water bottle

All other equipment provided.

Register

Please register your attendance for catering purposes to:

Willunga Natural Resources Centre
Telephone: (08) 8550 3400
Email DEWNR.AMLRWillungaOffice@sa.gov.au

More information

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges