West Island Conservation Park

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West Island Conservation Park
South Australia
West Island (South Australia).JPG
West Island viewed from Rosetta Head
West Island Conservation Park is located in South Australia
West Island Conservation Park
West Island Conservation Park
Nearest town or city Victor Harbor[1]
Coordinates 35°36′20.68″S 138°35′43.55″E / 35.6057444°S 138.5954306°E / -35.6057444; 138.5954306Coordinates: 35°36′20.68″S 138°35′43.55″E / 35.6057444°S 138.5954306°E / -35.6057444; 138.5954306
Established 1972[2]
Area 16 ha (40 acres)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
See also Protected areas of South Australia

West Island Conservation Park is a protected area occupying both West Island and Seal Island in coastal waters near Victor Harbor in South Australia. The park was proclaimed in 1972 following the enactment of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 with the protection initially applying to West Island only which itself previously had reserve status under the Fauna Conservation Act 1964-1965. Seal Island was added to the park in 1979. The purpose of the park is to protect the breeding populations of bird species present on both islands such as little penguins, silver gulls, crested terns, Caspian terns and fairy terns. The conservation park is classified as an IUCN Category Ia protected area.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Protected Areas Information System - reserve list (as of 17 Feb 2014)" (PDF). Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources. p. 7. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Island conservation parks of Backstairs Passage and Encounter Bay management plans (PDF). Adelaide: National Parks and Wildlife Service. 1983. pp. ll, 11 & 12. ISBN 0-7243-4588-4. 
  3. ^ "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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