BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 131          Total No. of Sites: 43
Survey/Project Name: Hincks and Hambidge Conservation Parks
Abstract: This project aims to conduct a biological survey to collect further data on the vegetation communities of Hincks and Hambidge Conservation Parks, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, in order to improve mapping of floristic composition and structure of the vegetation groups of the areas. Sites were also selected to reflect a range of fire histories to provide some extra information about vegetation succession after fire.
 
Start Date: 30/10/2001      End Date: 29/11/2001
Survey Type: Vegetation Only
   
Study Area Description: Hincks Conservation park is a large park (66 285ha) on central Eyre Peninsula. It consists of a system of sand dunes that in the northern two thirds of the park run parallel in a NW - SE orientation and are covered with E. incrassata and E. leptophylla Mallee. In the southern third of the park irregular dunes of calcareous sand begin. The Blue Range, rising to around 250m, on the eastern boundary of the park is gneiss/quartzite with a laterite capping and retains dense cover of Melaleuca uncinata and Euc. flocktoniae and E. calycogona. Hambidge Conservation Park occurs north of Hincks CP on central Eyre Peninsula. Also a large park ( approx. 38,000ha) it consists of a series of dunes and swales running NW - SE. It is dominated by mallee vegetation, with the dunes supporting mainly Euc. incrassata, E.leptophylla and E. socialis and the swales containing E. oleosa, E, brachycalyx and E.dumosa. The survey area consists of 2 parts, Hincks CP and Hambidge CP. The boundary of the study area is therefore both of the park boundaries. These parks are situated east of the Tod Highway on central Eyre Peninsula. The town of Lock on the Tod Highway lies centrally between, and west of, both parks.
Objectives
         Vegetation: To collect further data on the vegetation communities of Hincks and Hambidge Conservation Parks to improve mapping of the floristic composition and structure of the vegetation groups of the area. Sites were also selected to reflect a range of fire histories to provide some extra information about vegetation succession after fire.
         Fauna: *** No fauna survey objectives recorded
Methodology
         Vegetation: Vegetation was documented via a complete list of plant species within a 30 x 30m quadrat using Braun-Blanquet cover abundance scores. Lifeform and reproductive stage was also recorded. Each site was assigned a structural formation. All species were vouchered the first time they were encountered and lodged with the State Herbarium. Physical data such as slope, aspect, landform, surface soil texture and disturbances were collected. Vertebrate presence was also noted.
         Fauna: *** No vertebrate methodology recorded

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