Cygnet Park Sanctuary

Cygnet Park supports the largest patch of native vegetation in the lower Cygnet River Valley on Kangaroo Island, including significant populations of nationally threatened plant species.

Glossy Black-cockatoo
300 ha (3 km2)
20 km west of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island
Major aims
Revegetation of threatened native species
Key threatened species
Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Western Bassian Thrush, Short-beaked Echidna, Eucalyptus cneorifolia threatened ecological community, which includes multiple threatened plant species.
Joint Management with Jack May and David and Penny Paton
Traditional owners
We acknowledge the traditional and contemporary cultural connection of the Ngarrindjeri, Ramindjeri, Narrunga and Kaurna people to Kangaroo Island

Introducing Cygnet Park

Key threatened species at Cygnet Park are the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-cockatoo, Western Bassian Thrush, Short-beaked Echidna and Eucalyptus cneorifolia threatened ecological community, which includes multiple threatened plant species.

Reserve Management and Revegetation

The Sanctuary is a former sheep farming property and over the last 10 years, the paddocks have been completely revegetated, with more than 300,000 plants propagated in the Cygnet Park nursery, and direct seeding likely to establish more than a million native plants.

The revegetation effort has also established tens of thousands of Drooping Sheoaks, the main food source of the nationally endangered Glossy Black-cockatoo, in areas close to their breeding sites.

The property has been revegetated with the assistance of the annual Kangaroo Island Planting Festival held since 2007 and encompasses plantings on four properties (including 200 ha on Cygnet Park). The festival focuses on growing populations of rare and threatened plant species.

Assessment of the resilience and self-sustaining nature of the planted vegetation is ongoing. The property is co-owned and co-managed by Jack May, the Paton family and Nature Foundation.

The restoration works have been delivered in partnership with the Department for Environment and Water, the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board and Nature Foundation, with funding from State and Federal governments.

Impact of 2020 Bushfire

Approximately 10% of Cygnet Park was impacted by the 2020 summer bushfires. Fortunately, significant areas of old-growth native vegetation and plantings of threatened species and Glossy Black-Cockatoo feed trees were not impacted. These are now even more important for the cockatoos as much of their habitat on the western half of the island was burnt.

Nature Foundation works with our co-owners to assist this vital refuge to prosper and recover from the bushfire. Co-owners David and Penny Paton, conduct annual bird surveys which provide an insight into the importance of different habitat types and revegetation areas for a variety of bird species from the nationally endangered Glossy Black-cockatoo to the smaller thornbills, honeyeaters and flycatchers.

You can help Kangaroo Island protect its precious wildlife and habitat for the generations to come.

We are committed to supporting important conservation programs that make a real difference on the ground. Nature Foundation has partnered with the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board to give you the opportunity to support important conservation projects on Kangaroo Island that need your help.

Visit Cygnet Park Sanctuary

Cygnet Park Sanctuary is open during volunteer events that support conservation work on the property. Past events have included significant revegetation activities to enhance habitat for endangered Glossy Black-cockatoos and other bird species.

To find out how to get involved with conservation activities on our Nature Reserves see our events page or contact us to register your interest.

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