Samphire strengthens Eyre Peninsula tourism

ADVENTURE: Young Ella Paull loved using the new field guide to discover samphires and learnt to identify two species.

ADVENTURE: Young Ella Paull loved using the new field guide to discover samphires and learnt to identify two species.

Saltmarshes along the Eyre Peninsula are being highlighted as a tourist attraction in a new nature film. ‘Secrets of the samphire’ was launched last week as part of Seaweek.

The film is the latest in a series of efforts to teach tourists and locals alike about the importance of coastal saltmarsh habitats in supporting the Eyre Peninsula’s fishing industries.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula ran five guided saltmarsh tours with renowned researcher and author Peri Coleman over recent months.

Natural Resources EP Marine Parks coordinator Shelley Paull said the tours in coastal towns including Cowell and Arno Bay attracted 120 tourists and locals across six towns.

“Some were a little apprehensive about getting their feet muddy, but once they had learnt a bit about this amazing and undervalued habitat, they were hooked,” she said.

Natural Resources EP Ranger Elouise Schultz said Arno Bay was a great destination for those wishing to learn about the saltmarshes.

“The Arno Bay boardwalk allows visitors to take in the estuary, mangroves and samphires from a ‘bird’s eye view,” she said.

Natural Resources EP has also released a field guide for those interested in learning more. The film is available on their website.