Denmark provides habitat for about 160 species of birds.
Wilson Inlet is the feeding ground for many migratory wader species, which fatten up in preparation for their return trip to the northern hemisphere. Ospreys may be seen fishing in the inlet.
The rare red-eared firetail finch frequents the Little River Walk Trail area. The two fairy wrens, the Splendid and the Redwing, are common and often feed in gardens.
The male Splendid wren in breeding plumage is the glorious blue bird featured in the Denmark shire crest. Many species of parrots, including the rock parrot, red-tailed and white-tailed black cockatoo, and the purple-crowned lorikeet frequent the forests or coast.
Wildflowers bloom quite late in Denmark – generally September to November, when the weather is still cool but fine and the days are lengthening. National parks and walk trails are the best places to see wildflowers.
At West Cape Howe, for example, you will see numerous banksias, including the Albany banksia,Banksia coccinea, dryandras, hakeas and many plants from the family Myrtacaea. The insect-trapping Albany pitcher plant, unique to the region, can also be found here.
In December, farmland is awash with the golden flowers of the native Christmas Tree, Nuytsia floribunda.
Around William Bay, dense scrub is dominated by peppermints and dryandra. Rare orchids can also be found in the forests. Kangaroo paws of different colours abound (including the endemic green variety). The pretty Hardenbergia (native wisteria) climbs through the trees and there are Pimelia, Crowea, Hakea, Callistemon, bottlebrush … the list goes on and on.
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. These include (but are not limited to):
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)
Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus)
Dugite (Pseudonaja affinis)
King skink (Egernia kingii)Motorbike Frog
Racehorse goanna (Varanus rosenbergi)
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)
For more information please see here on the Shire of Denmark website.
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