Saturday, March 14, 2015

St Peter Island, South Australia

St Peter Island was named in 1627 by Pieter Nuyts after his patron saint. It lies in relatively shallow water 5km from the mainland. Due to its size and accessibility, St Peter Island was used for agriculture from 1859 until its addition to the Nuyts Archipelago Conservation Park in 1988. The island is part of the Nuyts Archipelago Conservation Park while the waters surrounding its shores are in the Nuyts Archipelago Marine Park.

St Peter Island is classified as an Important Bird Area so identified by BirdLife International because it supports over 1% of the world populations of Short-tailed Shearwaters, White-faced Storm-Petrels and Pied Oystercatchers.

The biggest concern is that St Peters Island has a large population of Black Tiger Snakes and the mortality rate of this snake is up to 60%, considering I’m by myself on the island I need to take great precautions to avoid this venomous snake. The camp will be set up on the beach to avoid any grassland and hopefully to lessen the encounters with them. They do feed at night and so I need to be careful refuelling the generator etc.

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