As part of the Biodiversity project, our members
did field surveys of Perth city's
parks and reserves to assess their biodiversity value.
The field surveys assessed the
vegetation within each reserve, looking at the structure (trees, shrubs,
groundcovers), type of plants, any disturbing factors such as weeds or
damage such as vandalism. We looked (and listened) for animals
from birds to insects and including mammals.
Western grey kangaroo at Heirisson Island (above)
Field surveys completed
Heirisson Island -
south-west - 14/04/07 - Rada, Beatriz, Cecily, John, Dudley, Sally, Colleen
Hamilton Lake east - 17/02/07 - completed during training by
Warren, Peta, Rada, Chris, Jenny, Cecily, Dudley and David with the
assistance of Liz and Sally.
"It's so hidden away. I never knew this lake was here. And so many
Swan at Hamilton Lake
Gardens - 04/03/07 - completed by Cecily, John, Dudley and Sally.
"We found a little seed pod that looked just like a mouse.
I looked up “mouse” in
the index of “Leaf and Branch”, Robert Powell's book on the trees and tall
shrubs of Perth. It listed a shrub with the common name “mouse ears” which
has woolly fruit which looks like a fat little mouse – bingo! It’s called
16/03/07 - Field survey training at Victoria Gardens
Jessica, Rachael, David, Chris, Clive and Andrew with Liz and Sally.
Park - 05/03/07 - completed by Cecily, John and Julia.
Hamilton Lake north - 17/03/07 - completed by Warren, Rada,
Brendan and Beatriz
Hamilton Lake west - 18/03/07 - completed by Peta, Brendan,
Dudley and Sally.
"There are lovely tall trees but not many shrubs or understorey plants. We
saw very few birds"
Perth Cemetery and Pioneer Park - 24/03/07 - completed by Rada, Peta and
"We saw lots of small birds, including pardalotes, flying between the
shrubs in Pioneer Park - amazing on such a busy street" (corner Plain
Wellington Square - 25/03/07 - completed by Warren, Trudy and David.
Square's very simplicity made unusual discoveries all the more exciting!
Such as finding 5 Eucalyptus rudis (flooded gum trees) and
the surprise of finding 7 melaleucas along the western street, right where
the old wetland used to be"
Point Fraser - 31/03/07 -
completed by Beatriz, Rada, David and Alistair.
02/04/07 - Queens Gardens -
completed by Yasmine, Jessica, Clive and Andy.
Gardens will be one of the hardest to do, due to the huge array of species.
There are some unusual plants and some species of plants that are very rare
for example a species of gardenia"
Harold Boas Gardens -
Matilda Bay and foreshore -
07/04/07 - Rada, Jenny, Sally, Dudley, Cecily, James and David.
"We found Jurassic Park!"
Stirling Gardens -
12/04/07 - Chris, Luis and Yasmine
Photos from Heirisson Island field survey
Saturday 14th April
Photos from the East Perth Cemetary field survey 24/03/07
here to download the City of Perth's
Parks & Gardens brochure.