Cygnet Park Sanctuary
A revegetation project
||300 ha (3 sq km)
||20 km west of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island
||Revegetation of threatened native species
||Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DEWNR)
Cygnet Park Sanctuary is a former farming property currently co-owned by Jack May, David Paton and Nature Foundation SA. Dave Taylor, Threatened Plant Project Officer from DEWNR, has managed the project to re-establish large areas of nationally threatened species.
The annual Kangaroo Island Planting Festival has been held since 2007 and encompasses plantings on four properties (including 200 ha on Cygnet Park ). The festival focuses on growing populations of rare and threatened plant species, and also growing populations of drooping sheoak, which is a key seed source for the endangered glossy black cockatoo
Over the last 10 years, former sheep paddocks have been completely revegetated, with more than 300,000 plants propagated in the Cygnet Park nursery, and direct seeding likely to establish more than a million native plants.
The program of works at Cygnet Park has now moved on to the next stage of restoration, which involves assessing if the revegetation is self-sustaining and resilient.
These restoration works are delivered in partnership with DEWNR, the Kangaroo Island Natural Resource Management Board and NFSA, with funding from State and Federal governments.