The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary area consist of diverse and relatively pristine saltmarsh and wetland habitat that is declining elsewhere in the region and across the state due to urban encroachment, pollution and agricultural development. Continued protection of this habitat from development and degradation is critical.
Saltmarsh is not only an ecologically valuable habitat but is also one of the highest carbon sequestration habitats known. In recognition of its significance, coastal saltmarsh was listed as a threatened ecological community under the EPBC Act in August 2013.
The bird sanctuary support species of state and national conservation significance, including the largest Australian population of bead glasswort and the samphire thornbill, both listed as nationally threatened under the EPBC Act.
Two wetlands of national significance occur in the area – the Port Gawler and Buckland Park Lake, and the Barker Inlet and St Kilda wetland.
Flora and fauna species lists
To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools' in NatureMaps.