Darling Range Branch (DRB Nats)

Our live birds of prey night at the DRB Nats attracted record crowds.

Darling Range Branch Committee 2020

  • Chairperson: Frankie Wallace
  • Minutes Secretary: Natasha Mellar
  • Deputy Chairperson: Shelley Campbell
  • Treasurer: Bryn Durrans
  • Assistant Treasurer: Bill Fitzgerald
  • Excursions co-ordinator: Anne Bologa
  • Assistant Excursions co-ordinator: Arlene Quinn
  • Social media and marketing co-ordinator: Kay Greenacre
  • Speaker co-ordinator: Bradley Cox
  • Assistant Speaker co-ordinator: Verity Clare
  • General Members: Eric McCrum and Kevn Griffiths.
  • All DRB public enquiries please send to: DRB@wanaturalists.org.au

We are a lively, modern, inter-generational club which fosters a love, understanding and protection of the nature and wildlife of the Perth Hills. We are the one-stop shop for natural history, with experts and talks covering birds, flowers, fungi, geology, insects, trees, reptiles, mammals, nature photography, and more. We aim to inspire people of all ages in a love of the native flora and fauna of the Perth Hills and beyond, and to help people understand and learn more about it.

We have monthly meetings. These include a main talk, sometimes with live demonstrations, plus a talk for kids by kids, a short boffins talk, door prizes, raffle prizes, and great camaraderie and refreshments (including gluten free). Our members range in age from 6 to 92+.

We lead regular excursions into the bush to identify flowers, spot birds, find reptiles, look for fungi or simply to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the nature around us. We also run regular workshops, e.g on “The Birds in your garden, park and reserve”, and on other topics. In 2018, this included one by Dr Terry Houston on native bees and in 2019 on bird photography with Georgina Steytler. Our excursions are usually in the Perth Hills but also go beyond them. In 2017, for instance, we visited the Porongurups; and in 2018 we went to Kulin, in the Wheatbelt. In 2019 we went to Yalgorup national Park and back to Kulin again and in 2020 we have a big camp in Dwellingup.

Our members come from many of the areas of the Darling Scarp including Darlington, Glen Forrest, Gooseberry Hill, Helena Valley, Hovea, Kalamunda, Lesmurdie, Mundaring, Parkerville, Roleystone, Sawyers Valley, Swan View, Stoneville, Mundijong and beyond. We draw people from the City of Armadale, the Shire of Kalamunda, the Shire of Mundaring, the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and the City of Swan in particular, but not exclusively. We have members who travel to our monthly meetings from as far away as Toodyay, Kulin, Wandering, East Fremantle, Joondalup and Yanchep. All are welcome.

Eric McCrum, the ABC’s Birdman and co-founder of the DRB Nats, leading an excursion in the Glen Forrest Superblock in July 2018.

Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held the second Friday of the month (except January) starting at 7:30 pm. Please arrive for 7.15pm.

Our monthly meetings are presently held in Forrestfield at the Woodlupine Hall, 88 Hale Road, This will change in the future when when we move back to Jorgensen Park in Kalamunda after its demolition and rebuild.

Our excursions or workshops are held throughout the Perth Hills and beyond on Fridays or weekends.

All ages and families and visitors are welcome: from age 6 yrs to 96 and beyond.

Tea/coffee, biscuits and home-made cake provided after the meeting (including gluten free options). Plus there is an opportunity to win a door prize at each meeting for both visitors and members alike.

A donation towards the running of the club is invited from members of $3.00 and from visitors of $5.00 (children $1.00). In some instances a minimum of a gold coin donation is encouraged from visitors for excursions. These are usually free for members.

Meeting and excursion details are posted monthly in The Naturalist News, in a special bulletin to members, on our Facebook page and on this website in the Event Calendar.

Visitors are welcome at any meetings or excursions for a maximum of three times, following which they are asked to join the club.

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