Improving ecological integrity and resilience on the Southern Yorke Peninsula

With extensive areas of high-quality remnant vegetation, the southern Yorke Peninsula is recognised as a significant biodiversity hot spot in the Northern and Yorke region. Despite its high value, the area is under threat from the loss of its terrestrial fauna assemblage, due to historical land use practices and the incursion of vertebrate pests.

Landscape-scale management actions on the southern Yorke Peninsula are planned and delivered through Southern Yorke Peninsula: an island of biodiversity partnership, which focuses on strategies to improve habitat condition, enhance connectivity, restore ecological function and increase the system’s resilience to climate change. These outcomes will be achieved through:

  • an extensive community engagement program to increase participation rates in land management
  • collaborative delivery of pest control programs on Aboriginal community lands
  • strategic on-ground works to address threats posed by feral animals (70,000 ha) and weeds of national significance (10,000 ha).

The integrated pest plant and animal activities being undertaken through this project will continue to deliver tangible outcomes for 16 species listed in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act through the reducing predation, grazing and competitive effects.

Species that will be protected include:

  • mainland tammar Wallaby
  • Australian sea-lion
  • malleefowl
  • western whipbird (eastern subspecies)
  • annual candles
  • bead samphire
  • coast spider-orchid
  • inland green-comb spider-orchid
  • jumping-jack wattle
  • large-club spider-orchid
  • large-fruit groundsel
  • Osborn's eyebright
  • resin wattle
  • silver candles
  • silver daisy-bush
  • winter spider-orchid.

Partners

Greening Australia; Trees for Life; SA Aboriginal Lands Trust; Nature Conservation Society of SA

Funding partners

  • Commonwealth Caring for our Country – Sustainable Environment Stream

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