Living Flinders: maintaining ecological integrity and resilience in the Southern Flinders Ranges

Lying at the interface between northern arid and southern Mediterranean climates, the southern Flinders Ranges are recognised for their diverse biodiversity and significant landscapes. Paradoxically, the ranges unique geographic location and climate also make the region susceptible to the effects of climate change, with many nationally and state threatened species and ecological communities at risk. The ranges form part of the Flinders-Olary NatureLink and Trans-Australia EcoLink and provide critical ecological linkages along north-south and east-west gradients.

Working at a landscape-scale, the current project seeks to improve habitat condition, connectivity and resilience 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 (5,100 ha).

The program will be delivered through the Living Flinders: from peaks to plains conservation partnership.

Project outcomes

Integrated pest plant and animal activities undertaken through this project and the extensive rabbit control work undertaken at an earlier stage will continue to deliver tangible outcomes for 21 native species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act, by reducing predation, grazing  and competitive effects.

Species include

  • yellow-footed rock-wallaby
  • plains-wanderer
  • slender-billed thornbill
  • Flinders worm-lizard
  • Krefft's tiger snake
  • spidery wattle
  • Menzel's wattle
  • spiny everlasting
  • bayonet spider-orchid
  • large-club spider-orchid
  • inland green-comb spider-orchid
  • Woolcock's spider-orchid
  • Flinders Ranges white caladenia
  • slender bell-fruit
  • clover glycine
  • silver daisy-bush
  • pale leek-orchid
  • Mount Remarkable leek-orchid
  • large-flower groundsel
  • Murray swainson-pea.

This project plays a significant role in the long-term maintenance of ecological integrity across the southern Flinders Ranges ecosystems. Its primary long-term contribution lies in the major in-roads it will make into fostering community understanding and support for biodiversity management and its benefits. By working with numerous landholder and community groups and the education sector, the program will influence the attitudes of a large section of the community, thereby increasing community ownership and stewardship and providing a base for the development of larger, more inclusive biodiversity management projects in the future.

Partners

Greening Australia; SA Aboriginal Lands Trust; Nature Conservation Society of SA

Funding partners

  • Commonwealth Caring for our Country – Sustainable Environment Stream

Location