Unique Flora and Fauna
Conservation & Land Management
The number and variety of National Parks and Conservation Reserves within Wildflower Country ensures that visitors will be guaranteed an unmatched opportunity to enjoy nature at its best. The largest range of unique flowering plants in Australia offers a chance to view rare flora and fauna as you have never seen it before. Take your time, have a stroll through the bush, but remember to take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints ensuring that these great areas will remain for future generations.
Some of these parks and reserves are described in greater detail in the towns section, however because of the large number and variety it is not possible to list them all. Further information can be obtained through tourist centres and the Department of Conservation and Land Management.
At first glance, besides the obvious larger animals such as kangaroos and emus, it may appear that there is no wildlife around, this is not the case, the problem is you can't always see it. Rare and endangered species call the reserves and parks home so please bear them in mind when travelling and ensure that their habitat is not disturbed, and if you are quiet and careful you may be lucky enough to see animals only sighted by a select few. Rare wildlife includes a variety of lizards, snakes, frogs and mammals, plus birds, which are sometimes easier to spot. The Honey Possum is found only in the Kquongan Region in the western part of Wildflower Country, especially the Lesuere National Park.
Wildflower Country offers a great range of habitats for birds, including surprisingly high numbers of water birds seasonally inundating the dryer inland areas, highlights being Black Tailed Native Hens, Pink-eared Ducks and Red-kneed Dotterels. Areas of mulga scrub are home to such birds as Mallee Fowl, Bush Turkey, Mulga Parrot, Black Honeyeater, Redthroat and Masked Woodswallow.
Stands of larger trees, such as Salmon Gums, are frequented by the bigger parrots such as Western Corella, Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, and Galahs. Other notable species to be found in the local bush land are White Fronted Honey Eaters, White Browed Babblers, Splendid and Variegated Fairywrens and inland, Chestnut-rumped, and Yellow-rumped Thornbills.
The Short Billed Black Cockatoo can still be found breeding in areas where remnant vegetation stands have been conserved. A birding trip in association with outstanding wildflowers will prove a rewarding and relaxing experience.