Flat Witch Island
Flat Witch Island, also known as Little Witch, is a 64 ha island in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group, lying close to the southern end of the south-western coast of Tasmania. Its highest point is over 100 m asl. It is part of the Southwest National Park, and thus within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site. The island is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance as a breeding site for seabirds.
Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the Little Penguin (400 pairs), Short-tailed Shearwater (500,000 pairs), Fairy Prion (10,000 pairs), Common Diving-Petrel (100 pairs), Pacific Gull, Silver Gull and Sooty Oystercatcher. The Swamp Antechinus has been recorded. Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals use a haul-out site on the south side of the island, and the latter species has bred there in small numbers. The Tasmanian Tree Skink is present.
- Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
- Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, 2002, archived from the original on 2006-08-22, retrieved 2006-07-20
- BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maatsuyker Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2011.
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