Lake McLarty


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis LC non-breeding 1997-2007 119 individuals A1
Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae LC non-breeding 1994-2006 251-5,468 individuals A4i
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus LC breeding 1995-2005 1,680-5,400 individuals A4i
Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus LC resident 1995-2005 212-2,500 individuals A4i
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata VU non-breeding 1993-2006 773-5,970 individuals A4i
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis NT non-breeding 1996-2006 2,500-11,700 individuals A4i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2008 not assessed high not assessed
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset medium

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Unnamed WA44978 Nature Reserve 36 protected area overlaps with site 13
Peel-Yalgorup System Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 26,665 protected area contains site 0
Lake McLarty Nature Reserve 183 protected area overlaps with site 150

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Eucalypt woodlands, Melaleuca forests & woodlands -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes & pools -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Land ownership
West Australian Government with management the responsibility of Department of Environment and Conservation.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lake McLarty. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/lake-mclarty-iba-australia on 23/02/2024.