Witchelina nature reserve
An arid land form reserve
||421,000 ha (4219 sq km)
||30 km north-west of Lyndhurst
||Conservation of nine Arid Land Systems
||Nature Foundation SA
Witchelina is a former pastoral property that comprises a magnificent outback expanse extending from Lake Torrens in the south to Marree in the north. It spans three bioregions, Willouran, Mulgarie and Marree, which in turn are divided into nine land systems. The conservation of Witchelina is a very significant attribute for biodiversity in South Australia.
What we do on this property
Through active management we are reducing the impact of a number of threatening processes, primarily focusing on total grazing pressure and predation. Total grazing pressure is a combination of the impact caused by herbivores, both introduced and native as well as feral and domestic, on native vegetation.
Nature Foundation SA has removed all domestic livestock and the majority of feral goats. Conservation activities include tackling the degradation caused by rabbits and monitoring the numbers of macropods.
The predation side of the equation has involved reducing the numbers of introduced foxes and cats to alleviate the pressure on native fauna, allowing them to reproduce and build in numbers as habitat also improves.
Nature Foundation SA funds research projects into the flora and fauna of this landscape, to better understand how we can Save, Protect and Restore this diverse and unique habitat.
Click here for more information about ecotourism at Witchelina
Visit the Witchelina page on the National Reserve System website
Click here to view a map of Witchelina provided by the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation
View Witchelina YouTube Video
Click here to learn about our efforts to control buffel grass at Witchelina and download this buffel grass fact sheet from the SA Arid Lands NRM Board.