BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 38          Total No. of Sites: 80
Survey/Project Name: Morialta Conservation Park (NPWS 1981)
Abstract: This project aims to conduct a biological survey of Morialta Conservation Park, near Adelaide, South Australia, in 1977. METHODOLOGY: 1. Systematically sample vegetation associations, using a series of grids; 2. Map major vegetation associations using photography; 3. Sample vertebrate fauna at a series of sites within each vegetation association in a systematic and repeatable manner.
 
Start Date: 01/12/1977      End Date: 01/12/1977
Survey Type: Vegetation and Vertebrates
   
Study Area Description: Morialta Conservation Park is located approximately 9km east-north-east of Adelaide. It can be divided into three sections: the central plateau, the western slopes, the valley of Fourth Creek and the deeply dissected quartzite hills of the eastern higher parts of the park. Only the eastern part of the park Area contained within the boundaries of Morialta Conservation Park.
Objectives
         Vegetation: 1. To sample the vegetation of the range of vegetation associations systematically using a series of grids and to a map using aerial photography the major vegetation associations.
         Fauna: 2. To sample vertebrate fauna at a series of sites within each vegetation association in a systematic and repeatable way.
Methodology
         Vegetation: 25 x 25m grid sampling quantitatively with 20 "patches" within the quadrat at measured intervals. All plants counted within each "patch" and relative frequency for each species calculated. Forty nine additional quadrats sampled with presence/absence data only.
         Fauna: Traplines of 5-10 pitfall traps (depending on local conditions), 20 Elliott traps and 3 cage traps set for four days and nights. Bird observations, one hour in vicinity of each trapline. Some spotlighting and opportune searching elsewhere in park.

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Vegetation : Baseline Survey of flora and/or fauna - Standard Biol Survey of SA survey methodology not 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