Malleefowl Surveys in South Australia

In 2004, the Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) initiated a project in the Murraylands Region to implement best practice monitoring of the existing network of malleefowl grids in the South Australian Murray Darling Basin (SAMDB). The intention was to adopt the monitoring system developed by the Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group (VMRG). This system is now recognised as the national standard and has since been adopted throughout South Australia as part of the DEH commitment to the National Malleefowl Recovery Plan.

The Scientific Expedition Group has adopted a site at Bakara Conservation Park. The park is 1,022 hectares of land situated near Swan Reach and Mantung on the Loxton Swan Reach Road (32km east of Swan Reach). 

SEG has been involved in these surveys since 2008.

To read the results of the published reports, click on the links below:


Saturday 25th November 2023 (camp over Friday night)

Bakara Conservation Park

SEG carry out annual monitoring of  Malleefowl mounds at Bakara Conservation Park during Oct-Dec each year. Additional trips are also run  to maintain remote cameras installed throughout the park.

• All welcome to meet Friday night for shared BBQ (details to follow)

• Sunday 26th November will be our backup for extreme weather or if we don’t get finished on Saturday (this will depend on how many register).

• Self catering

• Free camping. BYO everything. No facilities

• All members and potential members welcome

• No experience required

To register interest contact Helen Owens, Email: Helen Owens

SEG Science Sub-committee

Scientific Expedition Group Inc.

Below is a video created from a 3D model of a mound at Bakara where a mallee fowl was seen.

It was created by Janet Davill, taking numerous shots of the mound from different angles (with at least a 60 % overlap).

Then these photos were loaded into some very smart software that works out common points, calculates angles and distances for each photo, then creates a 3D model. From this, a movie was created.