Rich & Rare: Greater Brixton St Wetlands

This week I attended a symposium with a number of speakers talking about the Great Brixton St Wetlands.  The main thrust was ensuring the wetland region is not affected by proposed medium to long term industrial developments surrounding the wetlands.

For its size of only 200ha it has a huge variety of plant species due to the number of different habitats found here driven by the soil types and hydrology.

I learnt lots about flows of water and how typical urban development really affects it.  We also had a fascinating talk on ecological corridors trying to allow the movement of wildlife through the developed landscape and through many of the barriers that have been erected – ie roads or lack of vegetation.

We then went for a field trip to Allison Baird Reserve owned by UWA and typically no public access.  Prof Hans Lambers led our group and he showed us many plants – only found on this reserve!

We saw some amazing plants.  These green kangaroo paws only grow in quite wet soils – I hadn’t seen them before.

Green Kangaroo Paws

Look at this tiny carnivorous sundew – thats my finger tip next to it!  Also next to it is another type of sundew.

Banksia flower.

All in all a really interesting day and wonderful to be amongst so many people who have a real interest in preserving the natural remnants in our city.

Kensington Bushland

This is my local bushland and I love going there.  I have recorded 16 species of bird there now and I’m trying to find other critters there as well.

Over the weekend I was there a couple of times and took these shots of the birds.

I am currently working on another naturalist project and will blog about it when I get the chance 🙂

Bremer Bay Trip and Roadkill

Over the Christmas break my son and I went to Bremer Bay camping for 4 nights.  We had a great time and I hoped to get out spotlighting but only managed to take a whole lot of young kids out – but we had a lot of fun doing it and found mainly spiders.  No possums as hoped – though my son said he saw plenty 🙂 and it started raining at the end of our walk.


We did about 1000kms over the week and I saw lots of roadkill.  As a matter of interest I did a rough tally of what I saw:

  • Foxes 6+
  • Roos 4-5
  • Rabbits
  • Snakes – this Dugite was seen in Bremer Bay


  • bobtails – I managed to shoo a live one off the road hopefully to live another day
  • various birds

Wildlife takes a beating on the roads…