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
14. Refugia in New South Wales (continued)
14.4. Reference number NSW4
Refuge area: Darling and Talyawalka Anabranch Lakes
Biogeographic region: Darling Riverine Plains
Type of refuge: Wetlands
Lat./Long. Centred on 33°S / 141°45’E and 32°S / 143°E
Quality of refuge: Significant (1)
Area (km²) <10,000
Chief refuge value
A substantial complex of wetlands providing a wide range of habitats and a major drought refuge for waterbirds.
A series of large overflow lakes and lagoons located along the middle reaches of the Anabranch of the Darling River north of Wentworth, and on the Talyawalka Anabranch of the Darling between Wilcannia and Menindee. Although the lakes are shallow and none is permanent, when flooded they may retain water for extended periods, even years. They provide drought refuge for large numbers of waterbirds1.
Other significant species
Land degradation caused by over-grazing, and lake-bed cropping.
Nearie Lake Nature Reserve, pastoral leases.
1. Wettin et al. (1993)