Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
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|Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
Bool Lagoon. The red plant is samphire.
|Nearest town or city||Naracoorte|
|Established||8 June 1967|
|Area||3,103 ha (7,670 acres)|
|Managing authorities||Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources|
|Official site||Official site|
|See also||Protected areas of South Australia|
While Bool Lagoon is officially a game reserve, in dry years it attracts a lot of waterbirds of many species, and is frequently a point of contention between duck hunters and animal rights activists. The adjacent Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park also provides refuge for waterbirds. There are a number of boardwalks and bird hides at both lagoons to facilitate birdwatching. The lagoons are visited by up to 150 species of birds, many having migrated from the Northern Hemisphere. In 1985, the area covered by both the game reserve and the Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park was added under the name “Bool and Hacks Lagoons” to the List of Wetlands of International Importance maintained by the Ramsar Convention. The reserve is classified as an IUCN class VI protected area.
Mosquito Creek flows into Hacks Lagoon, and any overflow flows into Bool Lagoon. Mosquito Creek used to continue out of Hacks Lagoon to spread out on the plains near Naracoorte, but is now blocked and any excess water is directed through a drain from Bool Lagoon to the coast near Beachport.
Another ecological issue is that in the past, a lot of lead shot was used by hunters. In recent times, even when the lagoon is opened for hunting, only steel shot may be used.
- "Bool Lagoon Game Reserve and Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park Management and Ramsar Plan". Department for Environment and Heritage. 2006. pp. iii, 1, 2, 5 & 9. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
- "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)". Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Bool and Hacks Lagoons". Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- "CAPAD 2012 South Australia Summary (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
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