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Blackadder Creek and Talbot Road Reserve
8 August, 9:00 am-11:00 am
This excursion will explore the physical and human (cultural) aspects of Blackadder Creek. Firstly, morning tea and gathering near Viveash floodplain at Woodbridge Riverside Park and Play Space. Then well have a short walk in the area to acknowledge current biodiversity. Afterwards, we’ll relocate to Talbot Road Nature Reserve (10 min drive) and take a walk of up to 1 hour to look into some more flora and fauna.
Please wear suitable clothes and shoes for the day according to the weather. Talbot Road Nature Reserve has a lot of sandy soils, so some fitness required to walk.
Please feel free to bring morning tea to share and there is a café at the playground.
The Blackadder Creek located in the Whadjuk region, Nyoongar people’s country is governed by the City of Swan. Most of the Blackadder Creek catchment area has been cleared for urban residential use, so most of the undamaged bushland is in poor condition, except Talbot Road Reserve (Department of Water, 2011). The Blackadder Creek catchment area is a unique place that not only provides cultural and heritage connections with nature for Whadjuk Noongar people, but it also is a home for endemic Australian South-West flora and fauna. The environmental, physical and social attributes of Blackadder Creek/Viveash area form a particularly unique place and landscape. The landscape involves a recreational site with trails for running and cycling, a natural site with fringed vegetation along the creek and the Swan River. However, areas of the creek are vulnerable, due to problems with soil, dying vegetation and lack of cultural acknowledgement. One of the major triggers that contributes to this devastating condition is climate change. The Viveash area (floodplain) is situated in Middle Swan on the West side of the Blackadder Creek. The area is an unnaturally formed straight section of Blackadder Creek.
The Talbot Road Nature Reserve, which is approximately 107 hectares, located at the foothills of the Darling Scarp and consists of a variety of soils: yellow brown sands, well drained clay soils and iron rich gravels with a sandy top soils (aeolian), which account for the wide range of plants found on the site (Safstrom & Taman, 1999, p.12)
The TRNR has two distinct ecological communities: a cooler surrounding provided by Marri woodland and a warmer side of the woodland populated by banksias. Blackadder Creek runs through the TRNR, and drainage water from O’Connor Road has created an artificial drain (Safstrom & Taman, 1999, p.12). The TRNR contains many archaeological sites and burial sites that impact the cultural significance of the place to Nyoongar people (Department of Parks and Wildlife, n.d.). Taman, 1999, p.12) The TRNR has two distinct ecological communities: a cooler surrounding provided by Marri woodland and a warmer side of the woodland populated by banksias. The TRNR contains many archaeological sites and burial sites that impact the cultural significance of the place to Nyoongar people (Department of Parks and Wildlife, n.d.).