Links to culture and identity

IMG_5897The land, water, plants and animals within a landscape are central to Aboriginal spirituality and identity.

The flora and fauna of the Worimi Conservation Lands provide traditional foods, medicines, and raw materials for a variety of traditional tools and implements. Cultural sites throughout the park, and at Birubi Point Aboriginal Place, demonstrate the important role that the marine environment has as a source of food, while some of these sites also contain bones from land-based animals that were hunted in the area.

The cultural importance of fauna also includes the totemic relationships Worimi People have with particular animals, and the role this had within traditional kinship systems.

An important home for many

IMG_5768A total of 168 fauna species have been recorded in the park – 39 mammals, 12 reptiles, 9 amphibians and 108 birds.

Bird species include the endangered curlew sandpiper, little tern and perhaps the most recognised bird – the pied oyster catcher.

Further planned survey work targeting migratory birds during summer, and frogs during spring is likely to identify further species. More detailed information on the fauna of the Worimi Conservation Lands can be found in the WCL Plan of Management or the WCL Vertebrate Survey.