Para Woodlands Nature Reserve

This former farming property is being restored to a functioning grassy woodland to provide habitat for local fauna, with a focus on declining woodland birds.

Red-browed Finch; photo Dragos Moise
500 ha (5 km2)
3 km South East of Gawler
Major aims
Revegetation of native grass and plant species
Key threatened species
Woodland birds of the Mount Lofty Ranges
Nature Foundation and Department for Environment and Water
Traditional owners
Kaurna people

Introducing Para Woodlands

The property consists of existing remnant vegetation, including River Red Gum, Peppermint Box, SA Blue Gum, native grasses and herbs.

Adjacent land is owned by the Department for Environment and Water, with the combined area totalling 500 hectares.

The property was generously donated to Nature Foundation by the late Mrs Elizabeth Law-Smith OAM and her husband David.

Reserve Management

To date, planting has occurred over 200 hectares, with more than 118,000 native plants and 1,000 kilograms of native grass seed used for direct seeding. A mix of locally indigenous eucalypts, sheoaks, and other tree and shrub species were selected to re-establish functional open woodlands with a grassy understorey, and provide valuable habitat for woodland birds.

Conservation activities at the Nature Reserve include maintaining remnant vegetation, controlled sheep grazing to assist with native grass maintenance; seed collection from the seed orchard; revegetation of local native species and eradication of weedy species, along with property maintenance and increasing knowledge for conservation management.

Visit Para Woodlands Nature Reserve

Para Woodlands Nature Reserve is open during volunteer events that support conservation work on the property, such as revegetation of areas to enhance habitat for woodland 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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