Most of Pine Reserve consists of an old plantation radiata pine forest. While this is an introduced species, these tall trees still provide important wildlife habitat such as Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos, Collared sparrowhawks and Brown goshawks, which have all been seen using the pines.
A stretch of Sauerbier Creek runs east- west along the southern edge of the pine forest with many walking tracks throughout the reserve, including along the creek. Here you will find some majestic old River Red gums and associated native vegetation that provides excellent habitat for wildlife.
Vegetation surveys throughout Pine Reserve have recorded 59 local native plant species, including 5 species that are of high conservation significance. The creek has recently been improved through planting with more local native species and the installation of wildlife nesting boxes and artificial hollows that have been carved into two dead trees.
You may also spot a beautiful fairy garden in one of the habitat trees.
This park provides important habitat for wildlife including birds, frogs, skinks, possums, kangaroos and koalas. Fauna surveys have recorded 48 native species of wildlife including 5 species that are considered threatened in this region.
If you want to test your bird watching skills, you can download species checklist for all the birds that have been recorded in Pine Reserve through the Northern Onkaparinga Baseline Bird Data for Biodiversity Restoration Project, Edge 2021.
Bird Checklist for Pine Reserve(PDF, 286KB)
Two different frog species have been spotted in this park. To find out more or participate in citizen science frog surveys visit Frog Watch SA