Scott Creek CP (16th Apr, 2022)

Context: 750 hectares located north of Mount Bold Reservoir consisting of hilly terrain and creeks through stringybark scrub with dense understory, walking tracks and historic mining operations. The Eastern half of the park was burnt out by intense wildfire in January 2021.

iNaturalist Projects:

Scott Creek Conservation Park, South Australia

Bushfire Recovery – Scott Creek CP (2021-2024)

Ferals in South Australian Reserves – Scott Creek CP

As of March 2022 the burnt sections of this park, east of Dorset Vale Road, have now reopened to the public. After creating an iNaturalist Project to collect observations post bushfire, I’ve been eager to revisit.

We’d thought the warm day would be good for a short walk along Neville Rd, Currawong Ridge Track, Bandicoot Track and Matthews Rd. But at 30°C, humid, no wind and all the tree canopy removed by the fire, it was unexpectedly hot.

Many of the Eucalypts were killed by the fire, but some are reshooting. The ground, now exposed without the tree canopy, is exploding with new growth. In particular dense areas of two foot tall Golden Wattles (Acacia pycnantha).

View South from Currawong Ridge Track

The Common Brown Butterflies (Heteronympha merope) were as common as ever, with one launching from the ground and resettling every few meters we walked. Even more common were the Australian Plague Locusts (Chortoicetes terminifera), no doubt feeding on the abundant new growth. Amongst the Wattles were a few large patches of Hop Goodenia (Goodenia ovata). I hadn’t realised this was a pioneer species.

At a high point along Currawong Ridge Track a few of the Eucalypts had significant regrowth and were being utilised by a Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa), a White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) and several Striated Thornbills (Acanthiza lineata).

Back along Matthews Rd the introduced Sweet Scabious (Sixalix atropurpurea) were abundant, seemingly unaffected in number by the fire. As usual, these were attracting quite a few Meadow Argus (Junonia villida) and Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi).

Head to iNatutralist to see the full list of observations

Species PageIconBinomialCommon NameObservations
75253Acacia pycnanthaGolden Wattle4
201621Chortoicetes terminiferaAustralian Plague Locust4
197079Junonia villidaMeadow Argus3
83571Bursaria spinosaAustralian Blackthorn2
143356Kennedia prostrataRunning Postman2
149448Heteronympha meropeCommon Brown2
533318Ixodia achillaeoidessand ixodia2
7794Cormobates leucophaeaWhite-throated Treecreeper1
13467Acanthiza lineataStriated Thornbill1
47219Apis melliferaWestern Honey Bee1
47689GeraniaceaeGeranium family1
50879Erigeronfleabanes and horseweeds1
56077Hypericum perforatumcommon St. John’s-wort1
58822Dittrichia graveolensStinkwort1
76764Echium plantagineumpurple viper’s-bugloss1
83628Burchardia umbellataMilkmaids1
125231Utetheisa pulchelloidesHeliotrope Moth1
144737Rhipidura albiscapaGrey Fantail1
194768Pteridium esculentumAustral Bracken1
197077Vanessa kershawiAustralian Painted Lady1
202000Iridomyrmex purpureusSouthern Meat Ant1
321064Acacia myrtifoliaMyrtle Wattle1
323796Acrotriche serrulataHoney-pots1
323821Goodenia ovatahop goodenia1
323854Platylobium obtusangulumCommon Flat-pea1
372376Sixalix atropurpureaSweet scabious1
404420Osteospermum moniliferumBietou1
481616Xanthorrhoea semiplanatufted grass-tree1
487096Senecio pterophorusShoddy Ragwort1