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:



Bakara Conservation Park

This year’s Mallee Fowl Mound Survey will be over the weekend of 25th and 26th of September in the Bakara Conservation Park. In conjunction with the survey, we will be replacing the memory cards in eight stealth cameras installed by Mallee Fowl Recovery Team.

If you wish to assist with the survey on either or both days please advise me so that I can send out all the necessary information, maps and the like.

There is a campsite that we can use within the park. The campsite is on a track which may not be suitable for 2WD vehicles. Please bring all your own camping, cooking, food and plenty of water and sunscreen.

Some attendees may wish to go to the campsite on the Friday afternoon and stay for two nights.

In September, the weather should not be too hot and we plan to start the survey each day at about 9:30 am. This will give those who want to attend for only one day enough time to get there. The drive from Adelaide could take two and a half to three hours depending upon the route chosen.

Survey teams will consist of two to four members and depending on the number of teams we are able form, the surveys each day could take three to four hours. The walking is fairly easy in sandhill and mallee country.

If you have any questions or wish to register, please contact me via the email below.

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.