Cox Scrub

To: Ian Reid <>,
Subject: Cox Scrub
From: TerryG <>
Date: Mon, 06 May 2013 09:23:06 +0930
Hi Ian and All,

Cox Scrub comprises 544 hectares and is one of the larger parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide.

From - Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) conducted a controlled burn in the park on Wednesday 1st May that subsequently became uncontrolled and burnt out 500 hectares of the park on Friday.

I dearly hope the population of reintroduced endangered Southern Emu-wrens have survived !!


On 5/05/2013 9:26 PM, Ian Reid wrote:

I have just returned from a late afternoon visit to Cox Scrub on the Fleurieu Peninsula an hour from Adelaide. This was flagged by others as the site most likely to produce CRHW as per my request from last week (thanks to all who replied) -- though I didn't harbour any expectations of finding one at that time of day or at this time of year, it was more a recce since I had never been before.

I was horrified to find that what looked like about 2/3 of the entire area (or at least from what I could see on from the eastern boundary) has been burnt out. It is very recent, probably in the last week -- the smell of charcoal is still in the air. Though most of the ground is now cold, in one or two places I could see smoking logs, and in one place there were still small flames. I covered them with sand as best I could and hope it rains tonight, though it looks like the damage has been done.

The burnt area goes from the firebreak adjacent to the Asbourne Rd up the hill as far as I walked (not quite to the top of the hill), and much of the way south. There is an unburnt area in the SE corner. The understory is completely gone in all but a few isolated pacthes.

The birds I did see well were all concentrated in the area close to the carpark where there was less damage: dozens of New Holland and Brown Honeyeaters, Several Red-rumped Parrots, Musk and Purple-crown Lorikeets, Grey Shrike-thrush, and a few parties of Superb Fairywren.

Probably bad news for the dense heath dwellers though :-(.

regards, Ian


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