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Manager: Jennifer Gardner
Waite Conservation Reserve
Urrbrae House - Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5064

Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405


Biological Survey

In November 2008, a nine day intensive survey of mammals, reptiles and birds was conducted in the Reserve.  The survey was designed to sample each of the 14 vegetation communities.   The combined labours of 44 Friends and others resulted in 2,800 trap/nights and 170 hours of targeted searches.   Results of the 2008 Biological Survey.


The Yellow-footed Marsupial Mouse – Antechinus flavipes

This small, nocturnal, carnivorous animal makes its home in tree hollows and piles of dead wood. It has brown, somewhat bristly fur and a pointed face, which contains the characteristic carnivore’s set of sharp teeth, which it uses to capture and eat insects and other small animals.

Mating occurs in winter, and the tiny young are born after about 30 days gestation. 10 to 12 babies attach to the teats of the mother until the time they are able to fend for themselves. Following mating, which is prolonged and a somewhat violent affair, all the males then die before the end of the year. This is thought to be due to complex hormonal and behavioural changes which occur during the breeding season. Although these creatures are essentially nocturnal, there are reports of sightings of Antechinus foraging during the day and being unafraid of the human observers.

Mammals, Reptiles and Frogs - checklist


Birds - checklist. 63 species of birds have been recorded in the Waite Conservation Reserve.

Are you a keen birdwatcher? You can participate in our Bird monitoring project.

Click for survey form and map of survey sites.


Butterflies - checklist