Nurrutti Reserve is an integral part of the “Valley of the Bandicoots”.
Nurrutti Reserve is a small nature reserve of some 1.4ha on Kyle Road between Aldgate and Mylor. It comprises a delightful area of mixed Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua / E. baxteri) open forest on the banks of Aldgate Creek, part of the Onkaparinga catchment. The Reserve was gifted to the Trust in 1964 by Miss Joyce Gibson.
Nurrutti Reserve is an integral part of the “Valley of the Bandicoots” – a project of the Aldgate Valley Landcare Group to help conserve a corridor of flora and fauna through the valley. The intention is to link areas of suitable habitat for the Southern Brown Bandicoot and other native fauna, so that currently isolated populations are connected into larger, more viable populations. More than 125 native plant species have been recorded, including 16 species which are of State or Regional significance. Of particular interest in the southern part of the Reserve is a rare plant community including stately Candlebark gums (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) and Red-fruited Saw Sedge (Gahnia sieberiana). Much of Nurrutti Reserve is in very good condition but there has been a heavy weed infestation, including gorse, erica, broom and watsonia, in the eastern section. Local National Trust volunteers have been working on weed control over many years and good progress has been made.