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)
10.24. Reference number WA24
Refuge area: Lake Barlee
Biogeographic region: Murchison
Type of refuge: Wetlands
Lat./Long. 29°10’S / 119°30’E
Quality of refuge: Significant (2)
Area (km²): <10,000
Chief refuge value
Habitat for waterbird, particularly stilts.
An intermittent salt lake south of Sandstone which fills about once every 10 years, after which the water persists for a little less than a year. There is samphire (Halosarcia spp.) around the Lake, and low open woodland (Eucalyptus striaticalyx) around the margins1.
Other significant species
The Lake is a major breeding area for banded stilts Cladorhynchus leucocephalus, perhaps the most important2. Numbers of nests approach 200,000, and breeding probably takes place once a decade on average. Other species also breed at the Lake1, 2.
Posssibly overgrazing in catchment1.
1. Jaensch and Lane (1993)
2. Burbidge and Fuller (1982)