What’s living in our revegetation sites?

Finniss Revegetation Site

On the 24th October 10 bird watchers joined us on a walk through a private revegetation site at Finniss – 38 different species were spotted (list below).

‘Watkins’ – revegetation undertaken as part of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Community Revegetation Project managed by Goolwa to Wellington LAP.

Plantings were undertaken between 2010 and 2015 with key objectives including improved the biodiversity and habitat value of the riparian and wetland environment – with a particular focus on increasing habitat for the Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-Wren as well as to reinstate a woodland habitat on the sandy rise to provide roosting and nesting sites for wading birds.

Southern Emu-wrens have been spotted on this siteĀ  but unfortunately not on our monitoring day. The birds we spotted included:

White Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis

Swamp Harrier

Nankine Kestrel

Australian Hobby

Brush Bronze-wing

Spotted Dove

Peaceful Dove

Crested Pigeon

Red-rumped Parrot

Musk Lorikeet

Crimson Rosella


Superb Wren

Brown-headed Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

Striated Pardalote

Dusky Wood Swallow



Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

Grey Shrike Thrush

Golden Whistler

Grey Fantail

Willie Wagtail

Little Raven

Welcome Swallow

Tree Martin

Mistletoe Bird

Reed Warbler

Little Grass Bird

Golden Headed Cisticola




Red-browed Finch

European Goldfinch

Point Sturt Landcare Reserve

On the 21st November a group of 8 keen birdwatchers braved the head to see what birds were living in the Point Sturt Landcare Reserve – 38 species were spotted, but a very different mix to those present at Finniss.

The Point Sturt Landcare Reserve was historically used for stock to be watered at the edge of Lake Alexandrina and was heavily grazed with the only significant native vegetation existing on the lake edge.

Revegetation was carried out on the site each year between 2011-2015 to provide habitat for local species. Adjacent to the reserve is a section of older revegetation established as part of the Murray-Darling Rescue project by Greenfleet and Scouts SA, where the bulk of the woodland birds were seen.

Black swan

Australian Shelduck

Grey teal

Pacific Black Duck

Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove)

Spotted Dove

Crested Pigeon

Peaceful Dove

Great Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Australian Pelican

Great Egret

Australian White Ibis

Straw-necked Ibis

Royal Spoonbill

Black-shouldered Kite

Whistling Kite

Nankeen Kestrel

Whiskered Tern

Silver Gull

Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo

Superb fairy-wren

Singing Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater

Red Wattlebird

New Holland Honeyeater

White-fronted Chat

Australian Magpie

Willie Wagtail

Little Raven


Golden-headed Cisticola

Australian Reed Warbler

Welcome Swallow

Common Starling

European Goldfinch

This project is supported by the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the NRM Levies.

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