Mangarr on relict dune systems
An important biological refugia on the Broome Peninsula
As part of the West Kimberley Nature Project, Environs Kimberley has worked with botanical groups; SKIPA and Broome Botanical Society to survey and identify important vegetation communities, including those areas that are habitat for threatened species, or are rare and restricted vegetation refuges.
“Mangarr on relict dune systems” occurs within the Broome Peninsula and is significant as it contains frequent incidences of mature (100 years +) Sersalisia (Pouteria) sericea or otherwise known as Mangarr. Mangarr is a culturally important and renowned local bushtucker species and does not occur in such frequency and longevity in other locations.
We are working to further develop the knowledge about this plant community, its ecosystem function, significance and occurrence within the broader region.
This has included
- supporting local bird researcher Jan Lewis to compile 10 years of bird research data into a report: “A preliminary summary of bird banding conducted within the Broome Peninsula 2000-2010 andthe relationship of this data to the vegetation community described as “Mangarr community on relict dune systems.” (March 2012)
- undertaking further surveying and mapping with SKIPA volunteers
- Developing a nomination for listing as a Priority Ecological Community.
As a result of this effort, the ecological community has since been listed by the State as Priority 1 PEC (Priority Ecological Community). You can read the official description below. For more information about what the listings and definitions mean see here
The ecological community is not the only one listed on the Broome Peninsula. Also listed are: Monsoon Vine Thicket (Vulnerable Threatened Ecological Community [TEC]), Dwarf Pindan Heath (Priority 1 PEC) Roebuck Bay Mudflats (Vulnerable TEC) and Corymbia paractia-dominated community on the dunes (Priority 1 PEC). It is important that we continue to learn about and document these precious areas within our growing township and ensure that they are protected and conserved.
You can read our newsletter article here.
Works were conducted by Louise Beames (Environs Kimberley) with the invaluable support of Broome Botanical Society’s David Dureau, SKIPA founding member Philip Docherty, SKIPA volunteer Craig Hamaguchi, and Bird Researcher Jan Lewis.
The Environs Kimberley West Kimberley Nature Project is funded by Rangelands NRM WA through Caring for our Country. SKIPA is supported by Environs Kimberley through the WKNP, a Caring for Country Community Action Grant and a DEC Environmental Community Grant.