MILANG SNIPE SANCTUARY: Proposal for water pump

MAINTAINING: A map showing the plan for a water pump to restore water levels at the Milang Snipe Sanctuary. Photo: Supplied.
MAINTAINING: A map showing the plan for a water pump to restore water levels at the Milang Snipe Sanctuary. Photo: Supplied.

A new proposal from Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin aims to restore water levels to the Milang Snipe Sanctuary, a stormwater-fed fringing wetland of Lake Alexandrina.

Each year, the rare Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) return to the Sanctuary during spring and summer after a long flight from arctic areas in the northern hemisphere.

The snipes feed rapidly to increase their body fat for their return flight to their breeding grounds. Well-fed birds are more likely to be successful breeders and return again the next year.

As the Sanctuary relies on stormwater, dry summers affect their foraging habitat.

The proposal is to trial a portable, four-inch pump to deliver approximately four mega litres over three days, with two to three smaller top ups a few weeks apart.

The pump would run on weekdays and if successful, the trial will provide rich foraging areas for snipe and other threatened species, such as the Australasian bittern.

For more information contact Wetlands Management Officer Kate Mason at kate.mason@sa.gov.au.