Bangham Conservation Park VKFF-0869

Our second park for Sunday 28th December 2021 was the Bangham Conservation Park VKFF-0869, which is located about 312 km southeast of Adelaide, and about 41 km south of the town of Bordertown.

Above:- Map showing the location of the Bangham CP. Map c/o Google maps

The Bangham Conservation Park is about 869 hectares in size and was established on the 22nd day of November 1973. A total of 675.8 hectares of native scrub and 125 hectares of cleared land was offered for conservation purposes. In 1982 an experimental plot of 1000m2 of native trees was established adjacent to the northern fence line of the cleared area. This area was fenced and Eucalypt branches containing fruits and seeds were laid across the area. However, the vegetation was destroyed by drought. Further land was added to the park on the 18th day of February 2010.

Above:- An aerial view of the park. Image c/o Google maps

The park comprises South Australian Blue Gum open forest-woodland, River Red Gum, and Brown Stringybark open forest-low open forest.

Birds SA have recorded about 135 species of bird in the park including Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Crimson Rosella, White-throated Treecreeper, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Red Wattlebird, and Black-chinned Honeyeater.

The park takes its name from the area of Bangham. Edward Bangham held land under occupation licence during the 1840s. He subsequently sold the land in 1846 to Mr. McLean. From 1851 Bryan Cussen held the land under pastoral lease number 154.

In 1908 a Government survey described the area as follows:-

“greater part undulating white sand, with stringybark, buck honeysuckle, heath, yacca with a few pines and supporting a little grass considered to be inferior pasture”.

Marija and I drove along a sandy 4WD track that lead off Frances Road and then followed the northern boundary of the park. The park is very heavily wooded and we were seeking some shade as it was a hot afternoon. We eventually found a spot where we could pull the Toyota Hi-Lux off the track and get in under some shade under some trees.

Marija and I spent 2 hours in the park and made a total of 124 QSOs, including 56 Park to Park contacts. Out QSOs were on the 40m and 20m band. We did try 80m but we had very little, if any internet coverage in the park, so we were unable to post a spot.

Marija worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF/p (Kangaroo Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2121)
  2. VK3MCA/p (Conglomerate Gully Flora Reserve VKFF-2297)
  3. VK3XV/p (Wychitella Conservation Reserve VKFF-2032)
  4. VK2YK/p (Watts Gully Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2886)
  5. VK3VKT/p (SiOTA VK-CMN3)
  6. VK2MET/p (Worimi State Conservation Area VKFF-1399)
  7. VK4FABN/p (Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park VKFF-1651)
  8. VK3SRC/p (Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264)
  9. VK3PF/p (Stradbroke Flora & Fauna Reserve VKFF-2443)
  10. VK1DA
  11. VK7DW/p (Mount Barrow State Reserve VKFF-1818)
  12. VK2XSE/p (Murraguldrie Flora Reserve VKFF-3076)
  13. VK1CT/p (Gossan Hill Nature Reserve  VKFF-0842)
  14. VK3XCI/p (Lambert Island Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2127)
  15. VK2MG/p (Wyrrabalong National Park VKFF-0550)
  16. VK2IO/p (Sydney Harbour National Park VKFF-0473)
  17. VK1RF/p (Mount Ainslee Nature Reserve VKFF-0850)
  18. VK4AAC/p (Wilsons Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2230)
  19. VK2VH/p (Wilsons Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2230)
  20. VK2PKT/p (Strahorn Flora Reserve VKFF-3098)
  21. VK5BRE/p (Anstey Hill Recreation Park VKFF-1683)
  22. VK5FBIC/p (Anstey Hill Recreation Park VKFF-1683)
  23. ZL3RIK
  24. ZL3YB
  25. VK5CZ/p (Thidna Conservation Park VKFF-2250)
  26. VK5WU
  27. VK7AN
  28. VK3FIMD
  29. VK2YAKL
  30. VK4YAK
  31. VK2VW
  32. VK2HFI
  33. VK3KXR
  34. VK5FIVE
  35. VK3JP
  36. VK5HS
  37. VK2JDS
  38. VK5HW
  39. VK2ATW
  40. VK2YK/p (Warren Conservation Park VKFF-0941)
  41. VK3CWF/p (Brisbane Ranges National Park VKFF-0055)
  42. VK3ZKF/p (Echuca Regional Park VKFF-0966)
  43. VK3MPR
  44. VK3ICM
  45. VK3EJS
  46. VK5FANA
  47. VK3AWA/p (Taradale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2205)
  48. VK3TV/p (Taradale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2205)

Marija worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK6XN/p (Austin Bay Nature Reserve VKFF-3125)
  2. VK4MGL/p (Esk National Park VKFF-0677)

I worked the following stations on 40m SSB:-

  1. VK3PF/p (Kangaroo Swamp Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2121)
  2. VK3MCA/p (Conglomerate Gully Flora Reserve VKFF-2297)
  3. VK3XV/p (Wychitella Conservation Reserve VKFF-2032)
  4. VK3BEL
  5. VK2YK/p (Watts Gully Native Forest Reserve VKFF-2886)
  6. VK3SMW
  7. VK3VKT/p (SiOTA VK-CMN3)
  8. VK5PL
  9. VK2MET/p (Worimi State Conservation Area VKFF-1399)
  10. VK4FABN/p (Spicers Gap Road Conservation Park VKFF-1651)
  11. VK3SRC/p (Kinglake National Park VKFF-0264)
  12. VK3PF/p (Stradbroke Flora & Fauna Reserve VKFF-2443)
  13. VK1DA
  14. VK3SQ
  15. VK3ZPF
  16. VK7DW/p (Mount Barrow State Reserve VKFF-1818)
  17. VK2XSE/p (Murraguldrie Flora Reserve VKFF-3076)
  18. VK1MA
  19. VK1CT/p (Gossan Hill Nature Reserve  VKFF-0842)
  20. VK3XCI/p (Lambert Island Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2127)
  21. VK2MG/p (Wyrrabalong National Park VKFF-0550)
  22. VK2YW
  23. VK2HHA
  24. VK3FIMD
  25. VK2IO/p (Sydney Harbour National Park VKFF-0473)
  26. VK3MPR
  27. VK5HOS
  28. VK2YAK
  29. VK4YAK
  30. VK3NFS
  31. VK3KXR
  32. VK5WU
  33. VK5FANA
  34. VK3VIN
  35. VK1RF/p (Mount Ainslee Nature Reserve VKFF-0850)
  36. VK4AAC/p (Wilsons Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2230)
  37. VK2VH/p (Wilsons Hill Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2230)
  38. VK2PKT/p (Strahorn Flora Reserve VKFF-3098)
  39. VK5BRE/p (Anstey Hill Recreation Park VKFF-1683)
  40. VK5FBIC/p (Anstey Hill Recreation Park VKFF-1683)
  41. VK3MLU
  42. VK2LEE
  43. VK2XXM
  44. VK3FMBT
  45. VK3CAT
  46. VK5HS
  47. VK3MH/m
  48. VK3MKE
  49. VK5CZ/p (Thidna Conservation Park VKFF-2250)
  50. VK2YK/p (Warren Conservation Park VKFF-0941)
  51. VK3CWF/p (Brisbane Ranges National Park VKFF-0055)
  52. VK3ZKF/p (Echuca Regional Park VKFF-0966)
  53. VK3AWA/p (Taradale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2205)
  54. VK3TV/p (Taradale Nature Conservation Reserve VKFF-2205)

I worked the following stations on 20m SSB:-

  1. VK4MWL
  2. Vk2NP
  3. ZL1TM
  4. VK6XN/p (Austin Bay Nature Reserve VKFF-3125)
  5. VK4MGL/p (Esk National Park VKFF-0677)
  6. Vk2MI
  7. VK2VW
  8. VK2HFI
  9. VK2XXM
  10. VK2LEE

References.

  1. A Compendium of the Place Names of South Australia, 2021, <https://published.collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/placenamesofsouthaustralia/>, viewed 6th December 2021.
  2. Birds SA, 2021, <https://birdssa.asn.au/location/bangham-conservation-park/>, viewed 6th December 2021.
  3. Small Parks of the Upper South East Management Plans, 1992.
  4. Wikipedia, 2021, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangham_Conservation_Park>, viewewd 6th December 2021.

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