Fauna

Fauna is an integral part of the Australian landscape. Fauna rely on bushland reserves and a mosaic of remnant native vegetation interlinked by vegetated corridors in order to be able to move between patches and find resources for food and habitat. The fauna of the Denmark area include a variety of wildlife including endemic and migratory species, all of which rely on our bushland, coastal and foreshore reserves. 

Mammals

Mammals of the Denmark region

  • Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus)
  • Brush Tail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
  • Southern Brown Bandicoot (Quenda) (Isoodon obesulus)
  • Chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii) A nationally-listed Vulnerable species.
  • Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)
  • Honey Possum (Tarsipes rostratus)
  • Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus)
  • Grey-Bellied Dunnart (Smithsopsis grisoventer)
  • Bush Rat (Rattus fuscipes)
  • Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)

Brush Tail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Reptiles  

Reptiles of the Denmark region

  • Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus)
  • Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis)
  • King skink (Egernia kingii)
  • Racehorse goanna (Varanus rosenbergi)

Frogs

Frogs of the Wilson Inlet

There are four main species of frog found around the Wilson Inlet: the Motorbike Frog (Litoria moorei), Pobblebonk Frog (Lymnodynastes dorsalis), Moaning Frog (Heleioporus eyrie) and the Quacking Frog (Crinia georgiana). Frogs breathe primarily through their moist skin, which is a poor barrier to pollutants in the environment.

The Quacking frog is found only in the south western corner of WA, particularly along the south coast. These sensitive frogs breed between June and October and rely on wetlands for finding shallow pools of water where they can lay their eggs. They do not cope well in saline or polluted water.

Frogs of the Denmark region 

  • Banjo frog (Limnodynastes dorsalis)
  • Clicking frog (Crinea glauerti)
  • Lea’s frog (Geocrinea leai)
  • Moaning frog (Heleioporus eyrie)
  • Motorbike frog (Litoria moorei)
  • Quacking frog (Crinea georgiana)
  • Sand frog (Helioporus psammophilus)
  • Slender tree frog (Litoria adelaidensis)
  • South Coast froglet (Crinea subinsignifera)

Motorbike Frog

Birds

Wetlands and estuaries, such as Wilson Inlet, are home to over seventy species of waterbirds, shorebirds and seabirds. Significant threats to migratory and resident shorebirds and waterbirds include disturbance from recreational activities such as four-wheel driving and high use visitation, particularly during feeding and breeding times where birds such as the hooded plover lays its nest as a shallow burrow in the sand. Responsible code-off road behaviour such as sticking to the tracks, watching out for wildlife and taking your rubbish home with you can help minimise adverse impacts to our coastal and estuarine ecosystems and the important habitat it provides to birds and our local wildlife.

Photograph by John Anderson.

Shorebirds of the Denmark region

  • Red-necked Stint (migratory)
  • Bar-tailed Godwit (migratory)
  • Greenshank (migratory)
  • Great Knot (migratory, Critically Endangered)
  • Banded Stilt
  • Red-necked Avocet
  • Red-capped Plover
  • Hooded Plover

Waterbirds of the Denmark region

  • Grey Teal 
  • Musk Duck
  • Australian Shelduck
  • Great Egret
  • Hoary-headed Grebe
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Protection of all Native Animals 

All Australian native animals, including kangaroos, magpies and Black Cockatoos, are protected under State and Commonwealth law. No person is able to keep, injure or kill native Australian wildlife without the appropriate licence from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Fauna licencing 

Information on fauna licencing is managed through DBCA and includes application forms to keep reptiles and conduct kangaroo shooting operations and can be accessed through the following weblink: Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions Flora and Fauna Licencing

Wildlife Welfare

Concerns and queries about injured wildlife should be directed to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Frankland District Office in Walpole on (08) 9840 0400 or through the DBCA Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055 and weblink: https://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/contact-us/wildcare-helpline

Information on how to prepare and care for injured wildlife can be found in the following information sheets:

Animal Welfare

Glove Box Guide for Injured Native Wildlife.

For further information or contact numbers in relation to Wildlife welfare for the Great Southern Region, please refer to the following link: https://www.greatsouthernlive.com.au/wildlife-rescue-numbers-for-albany-and-surrounds/

Domestic stock enquiries should be directed to Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) on 1300 374 731 or DPIRD website at: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-primary-industries-and-regional-development

Fauna Documents

Native Mammals Fact Sheet

Wildlife on Private Property

Bird watching around Denmark

The Birds of Denmark

Denmark's Top Birdwatching Sites

Fauna Website Links

Australian Museum

Birdlife Australia

Frogs of Australia

Denmark Bird Group