Sea lion. Photo: Chandra Salgado Kent

Dolphins and sea lions

The southwest region is also home to several communities of resident bottlenose dolphins that use the habitats as their core home grounds. While little is known of larger toothed whales in the region, it is clear that they occur in the region from the mass strandings of pilot whales, false killer whales, and other related…

Native Vegetation Approved for Clearing since 2004

Since clearing regulation begun in 2004, 10,582 ha* of vegetation has been approved for clearing within the SWCC Region, an area the size of approximately 5200 MCG ovals. Disclaimer: Statistics do not include exempt or illegal clearing, nor indicate if the clearing has occurred or not. Data source: * Department of Water and Environmental Regulation…

Remnant native vegetation protected in tenure for conservation purposes

Within the SWCC Region, only 34.7% of all remaining native vegetation is held in tenure that is protected for conservation purposes*, (the equivalent of 789 Rottnest Islands). Included within this is 33 National Parks, 133 Nature Reserves and various other protected tenure classifications. *Conservation purposes according to the international IUCN categories I-IV) (Government of Western…

Great Sand Plover. Photo: Kim Williams.

Migratory Birds

There are 46 migratory birds that visit the south west region, and 17 of these are threatened* (DBCA, 2018). One Migratory birds visiting our region includes the “Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) which are the largest of all the world’s shorebirds, and call their call, a mournful ‘Cuuuurrlew’, ringing out beautifully across vast coastal wetlands. Their…

The love of the land.

Landholder property values

Landholders in the South West are more motivated by ecological and environmental values of their property (41% of landholders) than economic values (only 8%). In addition, 24% of landholders ranked therapeutic value as most important for wellbeing and quality of life, while a further 16% ranked lifestyle attributes as most important.

Dams are vital to South West farmers for stock watering and irrigation.

Landholder environmental concern

South West farmers are most concerned about availability of water for agricultural purposes (31% of farmers), poor surface water in rivers and creek (29% of farmers) and poor-quality groundwater (28% of farmers), however by far the most commonly reported issue was introduced pest animals (78% of farmers).