Nurragi CR history & what to see.
Information on the sign at access points:
"This heritage-listed Reserve is what remains of a 14 km railway line which operated between Sandergrove and Milang from 1884 until 1970. This line linked the river port of Milang to the railway network to Adelaide via Sandergrove and Strathalbyn. The only siding on this section of the line was at Nurragi.
The Reserve has been established to protect the remnant vegetation and to reestablish flora indigenous to the original Milang Scrub. This scrub originally extended from Belvidere in the north to Point Sturt in the south and Finniss to the west. Less than 2% of this vegetation now remains.
The Reserve is under the care of the Friends of Nurragi Association, which includes representatives of Alexandrina Council, Strathalbyn Naturalists and the National Trust of SA and other community people. Extensive funding assistance has been provided by the Commonwealth Government and support has also been provided through the State Government's Heritage Agreement Scheme.
More than 300 species of native plants grow on the Reserve and 67 of these are of particular conservation significance. Bare areas are being revegetated with species of the original Milang Scrub, including Aboriginal food plants like Muntries, Quandongs and Native Currants. Local school children have been involved in the replanting.
Seven native mammal species are known in the Reserve - Kangaroos, Brush-Tailed Possums and Bats.
The Reserve is an important bird corridor. Honeyeaters and Lorikeets use it extensively. Noticeable residents include the Blue Wren, Diamond Firetail and the Babbler. Eleven reptiles are recorded including the Sand Goanna.
The public is welcome to use the walking trail along the Reserve. Please note that OPEN FIRES ARE TOTALLY BANNED in the Reserve."