About Our Environment
Biodiversity is the variety of all living things on earth, including plants, animals, micro-organisms, and the places in which they live, including forests, oceans, wetlands and even your own backyard! Australia is home to over one million species of plants and animals, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
The Shire of Murray, as part of the South-West of Western Australia, is recognised as one of only a few global biodiversity ‘hot spots’ due to the range of rare plants, diversity of vegetation complexes, presence of rare fauna and level of current pressure on these values. There are over 1200 recorded species of native flora and over 300 recorded species of native fauna occurring within the Shire, including 10 mammal species, 63 species of birds and 10 amphibians (frogs).
The natural environment is of great importance to the Peel Region and therefore the Shire of Murray is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment of the Murray district, from the Peel-Harvey Estuary to the Scarp and beyond. The Shire of Murray has been undertaking ecological assessments and management of our bushland reserves and encourages planting of native vegetation and protection of native vegetation wherever possible.