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Wanted: Volunteer Key Biodiversity Area Guardians for South Australia’s nature hotspots

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, July 11, 2019

What is a KBA?

South Australia has many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Some of these areas are home to globally important populations of threatened species and have been internationally recognised as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). Through their link with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, KBAs inform and direct the conservation efforts and funding of governments and NGOs.

What does a KBA-Guardian do?

BirdLife Australia runs a KBA-Guardian program to grow and support conservation work in KBAs by individuals and groups. In South Australia 31 of 39 KBAs are still in need of a KBA Guardian (see Map below).

The KBA-Guardian role can very much complement and benefit the work of ‘Friends of Parks Groups’.

This is what being a KBA-Guardian entails:

- Completion of an annual ‘KBA Easter Health-check’ which summarizes the threats, monitoring and conservation efforts in a nationally and internationally comparable format. The time required for that is between 2-10 hrs per year.

All other KBA-Guardian activities are optional and are really driven by the KBA-Guardian’s skills and interests and the needs of the KBA. Volunteer KBA-Guardians and Guardian groups around the country engage in structured bird monitoring, tree planting, creating signage, info material even a calendar, conservation advocacy and submissions to planning processes at various levels of government and frequently close collaboration with National Parks and other government agencies.

How can KBAs work for Friends of Parks Groups?

Much of what Friends of Parks Groups do is of course aligned very much with the conservation work KBAs need. So, engagement with KBAs adds little extra work to what friends groups do but can help them refine and achieve their conservation goals. Existing Guardians have been using KBAs and their global recognition to:

- Raise funds and add to funding applications

- Increase awareness for importance of their work

- Take a second look at the area they work in

- Create interest for their work with Government agencies

- Engage landholders

- Report on their work

- National and international bench marking of their work

How can I or my Friends group become a KBA-Guardian?

If you are interested and want to know more about becoming a KBA-Guardian please get in touch with BirdLife Australia’s KBA Program Leader Golo Maurer on 0467 444 114 or

Map # Name Availability
1 Simpson Desert Available
2 Goyder Lagoon Available
3 Granite Downs Taken
4 Coongie Lakes Taken
5 Lake Eyre Available
6 Strzelecki Desert Lakes Available
7 Bulgunnia Available
8 Mount Lyndhurst Available
9 Gammon Ranges & Arkaroola Available
10 Lake Torrens Available
11 Flinders Ranges Available
12 Boolcoomatta, Bindarrah & Kalkaroo Stations Available
13 Tourville & Murat Bays Available
14 Nuyts Archipelago Available
15 Gawler Ranges Available
16 Seagull Lake (Eyre Peninsula) Available
17 Venus Bay Available
18 Spencer Gulf Available
19 Lake Newland Available
20 Riverland Mallee Taken
21 Investigator Islands Available
22 Goose Island (Spencer Gulf) Available
23 Coffin Bay Available
24 Sir Joseph Banks Islands Available
25 Gulf St Vincent Taken
26 Billiatt Taken
27 Peebinga Available
28 Troubridge Island Available
29 Wedge Island Available
30 Southern Yorke Peninsula Taken
31 Lakes Alexandrina & Albert Taken
32 Wyperfeld, Big Desert & Ngarkat Available
33 Kangaroo Island Taken
34 Coorong Available
35 Gum Lagoon Available
36 Watervalley Wetlands Available
37 Lake Hawdon System Available
38 Discovery Bay to Piccaninnie Ponds Taken
39 Arcoona Lakes Available

KBA map 2019 KBA map 2019 (1490 KB)

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