BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 13          Total No. of Sites: 67
Survey/Project Name: Innes National Park
Abstract: This project aims to conduct a biological survey involving the collation of existing information on the biology of Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia; together with systematic sampling during the period of the survey. OBJECTIVES: 1. Sample and map the park's vegetation; 2. Systematically record the fauna present at a small number of representative sites throughout the park.
 
Start Date: 28/01/1976      End Date: 01/03/1999
Survey Type: Vegetation and Vertebrates
   
Study Area Description: Innes National Park, at the south-western tip of Yorke Peninsula preserves the largest area of natural bushland remaining on Yorke Peninsula. It has been characterised as the Innes Environmental Association in the Southern Yorke Peninsula Region and is described as a 'sandy undulating plain with dunes and salt lakes or low cliffs along the coastline'. The spectacular coastal scenery has attracted visitors to the area for many years but it was the discovery of a population of Western Whipbird that resulted in the dedication of this area as a national park in 1970. The vegetation of the south-western tip of Yorke Peninsula has close affinities with that of the Fleurieu Peninsula, southern Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, all of which were connected during periods of lowered sea level during the Pleistocene ice ages. Within the 1976 boundaries of Innes National Park. 2 sites located outside of existing spatial boundary, these sites fall in the ocean.
Objectives
         Vegetation: To sample and map the vegetation of the park and systematically record the fauna present at a small number of representative sites throughout the park.
         Fauna: To sample and map the vegetation of the park and systematically record the fauna present at a small number of representative sites throughout the park.
Methodology
         Vegetation: Standard Biological Survey methods. No voucher data were recorded against plant species records.
         Fauna: Seven permanent monitoring sites. Vertebrate sampling consisted of a line of ten permanent pit fall traps associated with a drift fence, and a line of twenty five cage traps with Elliott and Sherman traps alternating. Animals not required as specimens were individually marked by toe clipping and released at the point of capture. At each sampling period, traps were set for three nights then the pitfall lids were closed and the drift fence and cage traps were removed. Birds in the area within a 50m radius of the photopoint were observed for thirty minutes on two consecutive mornings with the sites being visited at different times on each morning to minimise the variation due to after sunrise. All bird species seen either in the vegetation or flying overhead were scored and the number of individuals of each species and notes on their behaviour were recorded.

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Vegetation : Biological Survey of South Australia - Standard Survey methodology used.
Fauna : Biological Survey of South Australia - Standard Survey methodology used.
Information Authority: Department for Environment and Heritage (BDBSA:S&C Div) - Biological Survey and Monitoring