Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 4
S.R. Morton, J. Short and R.D. Barker, with an Appendix by G.F. Griffin and G. Pearce
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
10. Refugia in Western Australia (continued)
10.16. Reference number WA16
Refuge area: Lake McLeod
Biogeographic region: Carnarvon
Type of refuge: Wetland
Lat./Long. 23°36’ - 24°38’S / 113°30’ - 113°55’E
Quality of refuge: Significant (1)
Area (km²): <10,000
Chief refuge value
The Lake has a rich avifauna2, 3, is a major migration stop-over and drought refuge for shorebirds, and is one of the most important non-tidal stop-over sites in Australia4.
A major coastal lake episodically inundated by fresh water; includes permanent saline wetlands and inland mangrove swamps that are maintained by subterranean waterways from the Indian Ocean4.
Other significant species
Waterbirds: 58 species, 26 listed under treaty4.
None identified; possibly expansion of salt evaporation ponds and open-cut extraction of gypsum4.
Mining lease (Dampier Salt) on lake bed; pastoral leases on surrounding land. The site is included on the Register of the National Estate.
1. Storr and Harold (1984)
2. Smith and Johnstone (1985)
3. Jaensch and Vervest (1990)
4. Jaensch and Lane (1993)