Murbpook Nature Reserve

Recognising the urgent need to preserve the biodiversity of the wetlands and floodplains of the River Murray, Nature Foundation purchased its second wetland, Murbpook Nature Reserve, in 2020.

Regional Conservation Programs Manager Natalie Stalenberg at Murbpook Lagoon with a local landowner
 
Area
360 ha (3.6 km2)
Location
Western side of the River Murray between Blanchetown and Morgan
Major aims
Threat abatement, revegetation and protection of Flora and Fauna
Key threatened species
17 State and Nationally Rated Fauna species and two state rare flora species
Acquired
2020
Management
Nature Foundation
Traditional owners
We work with the First Nations People of the River Murray Mallee (FPRMM) and the Mannum Aboriginal Community Association Incorporated (MACAI)

Introducing Murbpook

Drastic alterations to the landscape and climate change mean many wetlands and floodplains along the River Murray do not receive flooding as frequently as they did historically and many vegetation communities and the species they support, are on the brink of collapse without intervention.

Fauna and Flora Refuge

Murbpook and its immediate vicinity feature 17 State and Nationally rated fauna species and two state rare flora species.

Fauna species: Musk Duck (Biziura lobate), Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura australis), Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis rhynchotis), Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae), Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus), Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa), Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis), Silver Perch (Bidyanus bidyanus) and Carpet Python (Morelia spilota).

Flora species: Prickly Bottlebrush (Callistemon brachyandrus), Spiny Lignum (Duma horrida) and Purple Love-grass (Eragrostis lacunaria).

We are currently developing a management plan for the reserve.

Visit Murbpook Nature Reserve

Murbpook Nature Reserve is only open during volunteer events that support conservation work on the property. 

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.