Western District Lakes
The Western District Lakes Ramsar Site was listed in 1982.
The Ramsar site consists of nine lakes on the Victorian Volcanic Plain between Winchelsea and Camperdown approximately 150 kilometres southwest of Melbourne. Lake Corangamite, one of the nine lakes, is the largest permanent saline lake in Australia but also supports localised groundwater-fed freshwater habitat.
The site supports large numbers of waterbirds, including migratory shorebirds and a breeding colony of the Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) at Lake Corangamite when conditions are favourable.
Lake Beeac is very significant for banded stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) and red-necked avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae).
Threatened species at the site include salt tussock grass (Poa sallacustris) and Spiny peppercress (Lepidium aschersonii) which are both listed as nationally vulnerable.
Ramsar site documents
The Western District Lakes Ramsar Site Ramsar Information Sheet can be found by visiting the Australian Ramsar Wetlands page on the Australian Government Department of the Environment website. The ecological character description for the Ramsar site has not been finalised.
Image: Lake Corangamite, freshwater habitat (2009), Source: Corangamite Catchment Management Authority