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Allen Park Bushland in Swanbourne
25 September 2019, 10:00 am
Meet: Car park at end of Clare Copse, off Kirkwood Rd (best entered from North St)
The Allen Park bushland comprises approximately 8 hectares, some 40% of Allen Park’s total area. The entire park is within 1km of the Indian Ocean and stretches inland from the coastal foredunes, through coastal heath and open Tuart-Peppermint woodland to the eastern fringe including Jarrah and large Marri trees some hundred years old. The dominant landscape feature of the park is Melon Hill, a 40m high dune with magnificent 360 degree views including Rottnest Island and the city of Perth.
The park supports a variety of fauna and flora—possums, bats, reptiles, fungi and Banksia sessilis, the big Tuarts, red Cockies’ Tongues and yellow Acacias are sanctuary to wrens, honey-eaters, migratory Rainbow Bee-eaters, 28s and is a popular stop over for endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos. Birds of prey enjoy the elevated vista and include Brown Goshawks, Black-shouldered Kites, occasional Peregrine Falcons and Barn Owls. Tawny Frogmouths favour the peppermints and Boobook Owls nest in old-world Tuarts and Marris.
The walk will be guided by club member Joan Sharpe, a member of The Friends of Allen Park.
Contact: Organiser, Don Poynton for any queries