Port Cygnet Conservation Area

The Port Cygnet Conservation Area is located in Cygnet, Tasmania, approximately 65 km (40 mi) southwest of the state's capital city, Hobart. The reserve has an area of 103 ha (250 acres). It is an open estuary environment including a listed wetland of state significance, being the only Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Bruny Bioregion representing the Open Estuaries Biounit.[3]

Port Cygnet Conservation Area
Cygnet, Tasmania
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)[1]
Port Cygnet Conservation Area
Port Cygnet Conservation Area
Nearest town or cityCygnet, Tasmania
Coordinates43°10′07″S 147°05′38″E[2]
Established18 June 1952[1]
Area103.1 km2 (39.8 sq mi)
WebsitePort Cygnet Conservation Area
See alsoProtected areas of Tasmania

Port Cygnet was first proclaimed as a wildlife sanctuary in 1952 for the protection of the foreshore and wetlands. The marine component of the reserve area was proclaimed Port Cygnet Marine Conservation Area under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 [4] on 9 December 2009.

The reserve is significant as a refuge area for numerous bird species including migratory birds such as Latham's snipe (Gallinago hardwickii), the Great egret (Egretta alba) and the Greater crested tern (Sterna bergii).

The wetland harbours species such as the Pied oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) and White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

See also


  1. "Reserve Summary Report" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 20 February 2015. p. 18. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  2. "Terrestrial Protected Areas by Type in Tasmania (2018)(refer 'Detailed list' tab )". CAPAD 2016. Australian Government, Department of the Environment (DoE). 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  3. "Port Cygnet Marine Conservation Area". parks.tas.gov.au.
  4. "Nature Conservation Act 2002". tas.gov.au.
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