flora and fauna from cox scrub

The Park

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Cox Scrub is located on the Bull Creek Road (formerly the Adelaide to Goolwa Road) 8km south of Ashbourne. Cole Crossing is reached off the Mt Magnificent Road.

Cox Scrub comprises 544 hectares and is one of the larger parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The gently undulating Permian, fluvioglacial, quartz sands support open shrubby vegetation with a sclerophyllous (drought hardy) understorey. The park also includes a short section of the Finniss River, while a steep sided valley in the south eastern corner contains a spring fed creek. A winter swamp area is located near the car park.

Cox Scrub Conservation Park is an important regional area of biodiversity with over 350 plant species recorded, over 80 species of birds, 15 species of mammals, 11 species of reptiles and 6 species of frogs.

Research is ongoing to conserve and maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life which makes up the park, including rare, vulnerable and endangered species.

Except for a 5 hectare section in the south western corner, the park was completely burnt out during the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires.

Please look after the park and enjoy your visit.

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