Fauna at risk

Fauna at risk While still existing in other parts of WA, the Bilby: a charismatic marsupial distinguished by its “bunny-like ears”, has sadly been lost from the SWCC Region forever and more threatened species are at risk of being lost. There are 2,203*(Ala.org.au, 2018) fauna species in the SWCC Region, 58 of which are threatened, seven…

Flora at risk

Flora at risk Western Australian flora is arguably some of the most unique in the world and has fascinated wildflower enthusiasts for generations. 78 flora species are threatened (DBCA, 2018) in the SWCC Region i.e: flora species which are declared as rare or likely to become extinct under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. There are 13,903…

Loss of native vegetation

Loss of native vegetation Clearing of native vegetation (historical, present and future) remains one of the major threats to terrestrial biodiversity in the south west. It contributes to the the physical loss of flora, fauna and their habitat; and reduces the resilience of the remaining vegetation and biodiversity to pressures such as weed invasion, vegetation…

Vegetation cover change since 2000

Vegetation cover change since 2000 From European settlement to the year 2000 vegetation cover on the Swan Coastal Plain (the area between the ocean and the scarp) had been reduced by 80%, leaving only a small proportion remaining (35,727 ha).1 (Ecotones, 2018). In the short 17 years since, a further 28.5% of remaining vegetation cover…

Land for Wildlife

Land for Wildlife Land for Wildlife is a voluntary conservation program to encourage and assist private landholders to provide habitat for wildlife on their property. Within the SWCC Region, 1,516 properties are under Land for Wildlife covering a total of 26,364 hectares. In May 2016, the Department of Parks and Wildlife entered a Partnership Agreement…

Vegetation fragmentation

Vegetation fragmentation Vegetation fragmentation is caused by clearing which separates vegetation into smaller patches of vegetation.  These patches are therefore no longer continuous and are disconnected by barriers such as roads, urban development, agriculture and mining, plantations. This can isolate species and restrict the movement of flora, fauna and genetics across the landscape, making species…

Wetlands of international importance

Wetlands of international importance The South West NRM region supports 3 wetlands of International importance, listed under the Ramsar convention. Covering an area of 12,239 ha. The Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands abutting Busselton, Toolibin Lake is 40 km east of the town of Narrogin, and Muir Byenup systems is 55 km east-south-east of the town of…

Coastal vegetation loss within 1km of beach

Coastal vegetation loss within 1km of beach The coastal zone, frequently referred to as within 1 km of the beach, is sort after for development as many of us want to live close to the beach. 60% of native vegetation in this zone has disappeared since European settlement (DPIRD, 2018). Coastal vegetation is important for dune stability,…