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Stipiturus Conservation Park (Glenshera Swamp) - SA030

Level of importance: National - Directory
Location: 35 degrees 23' S, 138 degrees 33' E; southern Fleurieu Peninsula, located in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges 6 km south west of Mount Compass.
Biogeographic region: Kanmantoo
Shire: Yankalilla
Area: c. 30 ha.
Elevation: 260 m ASL.
Other listed wetlands in same aggregation: None.
Wetland type: B15
Criteria for inclusion: 1, 5,
Site description:
A permanent freshwater, peat swamp. The area is grazed around the perimeter, dense throughout with little overstorey. These wetlands once covered much of the Myponga/Mt Compass area now cleared and drained for grazing.
Physical features:
Climate: Mean annual rainfall is 900 mm, mostly falling in winter.
Hydrological features:
Water supply: Fed by local rainfall and springs.
Ecological features:
Ecological role: Provides habitat for nationally endangered flora and fauna species. Plant structural formations: Swampy heathland.
Significance:
A good example of a peat bog swamp in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges. One of the largest single swamps on the Fleurieu Peninsula which contains the threatened plant Thelymitra venosa. The swamps contain the only remaining large area of Sphagnum moss in the southern Mt Lofty Ranges region.
Notable flora:
Threatened species: Contains 18 threatened plant species, some of which include: Euphrasia collina spp. osbornii (Ne, Se), Cryptostylis subulata (Se), Thelymitra venosa (Se), Schoenus tenuissimus (Se), Utricularia lateriflora (Se), Olearia glandulosa (Sv), Baumea acuta (Sr) and Pultenaea dentata (Sr). Composition: Dominant plant species include Viminaria juncea, Empodisma minus, Leptospermum continentale, Baumea rubiginosa, Melaleuca squamea and Sprengelia incarnata.
Notable fauna:
Threatened species: Mt Lofty Southern Emu-wren Stipiturus malachurus intermedius (Ne, Se), Southern Emu-wren Stipiturus malachurus (Sv) and Latham's Snipe Gallinago hardwickii (Sv). Composition: No information.
Other Fauna:
Social and Cultural values:
Land tenure:
Private land. Private land.
Current land use:
Light stock grazing. Stock grazing.
Disturbance or threat:
Past/present: Isolation.

Potential: Human-induced burning.
Conservation measures taken:
No information.
Management authority and jurisdiction:
The area is managed by a private landholder.
References:
See SA Reference List
Compiler & date:
T. Littlely & J. Cutten, Conservation Council of South Australian for ANCA (Endangered Species Program), 1995.
Drainage:  
AWRC Division: South Australian Gulf
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