The South West Catchments Council (SWCC) is a community based not-for-profit organisation that undertakes natural resource management (NRM) projects and coordination in the South West NRM Region.

Our boundary includes a diverse landscape including the Swan Coastal Plain from Serpentine to Busselton, the forests from Dwellingup to Manjimup, and the Wheatbelt out to Narrogin, Dumbleyung and Katanning. We are committed to the conservation and protection of the natural assets of the region which includes all biodiversity such as bushland, wetlands, plants and animals.

This publication aims to improve the understanding of these unique ecological communities to support our efforts in conserving them. The communities described in this booklet are those that occur within the SWCC region that are in danger of extinction from a number of threatening processes..

An ecological community is a naturally occurring group of plants and/or animals (or other living things such as microbes) that occur in a particular type of habitat.

A threatened ecological community (TEC) is one that has been recognised by the State, or under Commonwealth legislation as being under threat of being destroyed or highly modified across much of its range.
Those that are listed as being ‘critically endangered’ are recognised nationally as facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future. If the community at the time of listing is not considered to be ‘critically endangered’, but is still facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future it is listed nationally as being ‘endangered’. Use of the terms ‘critically endangered’ and ‘endangered’ refer to current commonwealth status.

We recognise the significant values of each of these communities and where possible work in partnership with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaw), local governments, private landholders and community groups to help protect and conserve these assets. TECs are recognised under State of Western Australia legislation as ‘Environmentally Sensitive Areas’