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Cleland Perched Swamps - SA071

Level of importance: National - Directory
Location: 34 degrees 58' 19" S, 138 degrees 41' 43" E; located within Cleland and Eurilla Conservation Parks, approximately 10 kilometres east of Adelaide CBD; The site includes five small swamps: Chinamans Bog 34 degrees 58' 30" S, 138 degrees 41' 17" E (Cleland Conservation Park), Wilsons Bog 34 degrees 58' 19" S, 138 degrees 41' 43" E (Cleland Conservation Park), Heptinstalls Spring 34 degrees 58' 11" S, 138 degrees 42' 33" E; (Cleland Conservation Park), Eurilla Bog 34 degrees 58' 58" S, 138 degrees 42' 44" E (Eurilla Conservation Park) and Cleland Eastern Bog 34 degrees 58' 48" S, 138 degrees 42' 42" E (Cleland Conservation Park).
Biogeographic region: Flinders Lofty Block.
Shire: Adelaide Hills
Area: Chinamans Bog 2 ha; Wilsons Bog 0.7 ha; Heptinstalls Spring 0.7 ha; Eurilla Bog 0.7 ha; Cleland Eastern Bog 2 ha.
Elevation: The swamps are between 336 and 579m asl.
Other listed wetlands in same aggregation: None.
Wetland type: B9, B15
Criteria for inclusion: 1, 2, 3, 5,
Site description:
The five perched swamps within Cleland and Eurilla Conservation Parks are rare examples of perched swamps in the Flinders Lofty Block. They contain habitat for the Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus) and unique wetland vegetation including 34 indigenous plant species.
Physical features:
The five wetlands are perched swamps within drainage depressions and closed depressions on sandstones and quartzite's of the Warrina supergroup and Burra group. Soil types - Clay loam. Rainfall - 1000 to 1100 mm.
Hydrological features:
Permanent palustrine spring and stream fed perched swamps in the upper catchments of the Torrens and Onkaparinga Rivers. Water chemistry readings on 05/09/01 were within the following ranges: pH 6.2 - 6.5; Conductivity 118 - 160 uS/cm; Turbidity 0.37 - 0.95 NTU; Dissolved oxygen 8.2 - 8.7 mg/L; Water temperature 9.4 - 10.1 C.
Ecological features:
Wilsons and Chinamans Bogs:
Dominant riparian vegetation includes Leptospermum lanigerum, Gahnia sieberiana and Pteridium esculentum. Dominant buffer vegetation includes Eucalyptus obliqua, Pultenaea daphnoides, Lepidosperma semiteres and Acrotriche fasciculiflora.
Eurilla and Cleland Eastern Bogs:
Dominant riparian vegetation includes Eucalyptus obliqua, Leptospermum lanigerum, Acacia retinoides, Gahnia sieberiana, Blechnum minus and Gleichenia microphylla. Dominant buffer vegetation includes Eucalyptus obliqua, Pultenaea daphnoides, Lepidosperma semiteres, Hakea rostrata, Acrotriche fasciculiflora, Pteridium esculentum and Lepidosperma semiteres.
Heptinstalls Spring:
Dominant riparian vegetation includes Gleichenia microphylla, Gahnia sieberiana and Epodisma minus. Dominant buffer vegetation includes Eucalyptus obliqua, Pultenaea daphnoides, Empodisma minus, Stipa muelleri and Lindsaea linearis.
Aquatic vegetation class: Rooted vascular.
The Cleland Swamps contain unique wetland vegetation in South Australia including 34 indigenous plants species. Seven of these are threatened at a State level (National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972) and 15 are threatened within the Southern Lofty Region (Lang & Kraehenbuehl 2001; Florlist 2001). See notable flora for listings. The swamps also contain the Nationally Endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus obesulus).
Notable flora:
Threatened species: Austrostipa muelleri - Rare Southern Lofty, Baumea gunnii - Sr and Rare Southern Lofty, Baumea tetragona - Uncommon Southern Lofty, Blechnum minus - Uncommon Southern Lofty, Blechnum nudum - Sr and Rare Southern Lofty, Empodisma minus - Uncommon Southern Lofty, Gahnia sieberiana - Uncommon Southern Lofty, Gleichenia microphylla - Sr, Rare Southern Lofty, Leptospermum lanigerum - Uncommon Southern Lofty, Lindsaea linearis - Uncommon in southern lofty, Lycopodium deuterodensum - Se and endangered Southern Lofty, Sprengelia incarnata - Sr and Rare Southern Lofty, Thelymitra circumsepta - Se and endangered Southern Lofty, Todea barbara - Se and endangered Southern Lofty.
Notable fauna:
Threatened species: Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus obesulus (Sv, Ne).
Other Fauna:
Invertebrate: Ostacoda spp. (Seed shrimp), Notonemouridae spp. (Stonefly).
Social and Cultural values:
Recreation and tourism: A very popular walking track connecting the foothills to Mt Lofty Summit passes the Chinamans and Wilsons Bog area. Social and cultural values: Heptinstalls Spring was used as a source of water during the early 1900s.
Land tenure:
Tenure on site: Public. Tenure surrounding: Public.
Current land use:
Current land use on site: Conservation Park. Surrounding land use: Conservation Park.
Disturbance or threat:
Past/present: Pest vertebrate and plant presence. Potential: Unknown.
Conservation measures taken:
Conservation measures: The bog areas of Cleland have received funding through the NHT for on-ground works. This has involved a partnership between Catchment Boards, State government programs (SA Urban Forest Program, BushCare) and National Park Staff and Friends Group. An action plan has been prepared for the management of the bog areas. Eurilla and Cleland Eastern Bogs are identified as an important sites by the Threatened Species Network and Cleland National Parks and Wildlife Office. Current scientific research: Unknown. Current conservation education: Some interpretive signage is provided on the walking track adjacent to the bogs.
Management authority and jurisdiction:
Department for Environment and Heritage SA.
"(Brewer & Smith 2000; EPBC Act 1999; Florlist 2001; Harding in press; Lang & kraehenbuehl 2001; long 1999; Seaman 2002d) See SA Reference List
Compiler & date:
G Anderson, SA Department for Environment and Heritage, 30/5/05.
AWRC Division: South Australian Gulf
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