The Shire of Denmark features a remarkable array of landscapes, seascapes and waterways, which support a unique range of flora and fauna and are integral to the Denmark community’s way of life.

Biodiversity Management

The Shire of Denmark is important as part of a region of high biodiversity. It consists of a wide variety of vegetation types and is particularly renowned for its magnificent stands of tall Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees. Denmark is home to a number of Commonwealth-listed threatened species, including the Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhyncus latostris) and Chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii), as well as approximately 240 species of birds. It features a number of major river systems and associated inlets, including the Wilson, Parry and Irwin. Denmark also contains important wetlands and spectacular coastlines.

The Shire recognises that our natural environment is highly valued and is committed to careful management to meet the needs of our community now and in the future. The Shire's objectives, in consultation with community, in relation to the management of the natural environment is:

  • To preserve and protect the natural environment
  • To promote and encourage responsible development
  • To reduce human impact on natural resources, reduce waste, and utilise renewable energy
  • To acknowledge and adapt to climate change

Funding Opportunities

Grants for Conservation of Natural Heritage 

Lotterywest provide grants to conserve natural habitats and maintain the diversity of animal and plant species. Examples of project activities include: planting local species of trees and vegetation; linking areas of vegetation with bush corridors; fencing remnant vegetation and wetlands; and, controlling weeds, animals, disease and fire. An information package can be obtained from Lotterywest

Website links

Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA)

A State government department which protects and conserves the State's natural environment on behalf of the people of Western Australia. Contains visitor information for the DBCA-managed nature reserves and national parks, as well as the Munda Biddi and Bibbulmun tracks.

South Coast Natural Resource Management

Coordinates and administers funding provided by the Australian Government and the Government of Western Australia specifically allocated for natural resource management.

Denmark Environment Centre

A not-for-profit organisation aiming to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment on the South Coast through education, research and advocacy.