Biodiversity Field Surveys
As part of the Biodiversity project, our members did field surveys of City of Perth 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.
Completed Field Surveys
- Heirisson Island - south-west: 14/04/2007 - Rada, Beatriz, Cecily, John, Dudley, Sally, Colleen and Robert.
- Hamilton Lake east: 17/02/2007 - 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 waterbirds”
- Victoria Gardens: 04/03/2007 - 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 Calothamnus rupestris"
- Field survey training: 16/03/2007 - at Victoria Gardens for Yasmine, Jessica, Rachael, David, Chris, Clive and Andrew with Liz and Sally.
- Mardalup Park: 05/03/2007 - completed by Cecily, John and Julia.
- Hamilton Lake north: 17/03/2007 - completed by Warren, Rada, Brendan and Beatriz
- Hamilton Lake west: 18/03/2007 - completed by Peta, Brendan, Dudley and Sally.
“There are lovely tall trees but not many shrubs or understorey plants. We saw very few birds"
- East Perth Cemetery and Pioneer Park: 24/03/2007 - completed by Rada, Peta and Brendan. "We saw lots of small birds, including pardalotes, flying between the shrubs in Pioneer Park - amazing on such a busy street" (corner Plain St)
- Wellington Square: 25/03/2007 - completed by Warren, Trudy and David. "Wellington 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: 31/03/2007 - completed by Beatriz, Rada, David and Alistair.
- Queens Gardens: 02/04/2007 - completed by Yasmine, Jessica, Clive and Andy. "Queens 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: 05/04/2007
- Matilda Bay and foreshore: 07/04/2007 - Rada, Jenny, Sally, Dudley, Cecily, James and David. "We found Jurassic Park!"
- Stirling Gardens: 12/04/2007 - Chris, Luis and Yasmine
Western grey kangaroo at Heirisson Island