Narran Lake Nature Reserve

***Public Access is restircted to Open Days and preorganised tours through the Narran Lake Management Committee***

Located: 75km north-west of Walgett: 50km north-east of Brewarrina

A major breeding site for at least 46 species of waterbird, with the largest recorded breeding event of 200,00 pairs of Ibis

A place of social and spiritual significance to local Aboriginal people, a meeting place for the people of the Nagemba, Euahalyi and Muriwari tribes.

The Narran River is a terminating branch of the Balonne River, in the north-eastern part of the Murray-Darling Basin. The Narran River passes through overflow swamps to three lakebed areas: Back Lake, Clear Lake and Narran Lakes.

The ephemeral wetlands flood following heavy rains in the southern Queensland catchment. Flooding occurs mainly between January & April, probably in about one in two to five years, after which water may persist for as long as two years. The lakes may overflow into the Barwon River during large floods.

Annual Rainfall: 400-5oomm (falling mainly in Summer)

Annual Evaporation: 1900-2000mm

Most of the area is comprised of pastoral leases administered by Western Lands with the exception of the Narran Lake Nature Reserve (4527ha) and 10ha reserved Aboriginal Historical Site

Plant communities within the area are structurally diverse and dominated by lignum (wiry shrub) river red gum, river cooba (a wattle) and coolabah (a eucalypt). All four species are adapted to intermittent flooding regimes and provide vital feeding and breeding habitat for a wide range of wildlife. The rich growth of plant and invertebrate life following flooding forms the basis of productive wetland food chains. Faina records on the Narran River floodplain include 138 birds, 18 native mammal, 22 reptile, 10 frog and 17 fish species.

The Narran Lakes is home to more than 39,000 waterbirds of at least 36 species.

Breeding records include: the largest known colony of straw necked ibis. The freckled and blue-billed duck who are both nationally potentially vulnerable. The pelican, glossy ibis and royal spoonbill, are three species with few known breeding sites in NSW,