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Fungi, Flora, Insects and Birds of Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville – with the DRB Nats

25 August 2019, 9:45 am-12:30 pm


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Join us for a survey of Wedgetail Reserve in Parkerville on 25th August 2019, 9.45am start. The event will be held in partnership with the Friends of the Reserve and the Shire of Mundaring. We will be collating lists of all our sightings: flora, fungi, birds and insects and making these available to the Friends and the Shire.


History of the reserve

The reserve started as a barren clay wallow (cattle property for 40 years) and was formed as POS in a subdivision in the early 2000s. The only vegetation remaining was a fringing strip of struggling marri and casuarina. First planting of local canopy species took place in 2005 and 13 years and 42,000 plants later the area has been transformed. It has been a joint effort by community (Friends Group), students from CLM classes at Midland, school students from both primary and secondary schools, Prisons Dept, Water & Rivers, ALCOA, EMRC, Shire of Mundaring and the developer. In winter and spring the little creek fills, comp basins fill, local plants flower everywhere and birds and animals flow to enjoy the bounty.

When I suggested to Jenny Johnson, former friends co-ordinator we go in July, she said
It’s a bit bleak in July at Wedgetail. It’s on a high area of the scarp and gets more rain than other parts of Mundaring. We plant in July and every year it has bucketed down, bleak, wet windy but great for planting. If you pick August- Sept flowers, birds and animals will be out in full.



It is a named reserve but Landgate has not updated it for location purposes so it doesn’t appear on any maps, either paper or digital. It is in Parkerville (north of Parky Townsite) and is the area bounded by Wedgetail Circle and Lakeside Dr.

Best entry is via Roland Rd and Highlands Dr. The reserve has signage on both of these roads. See the aerial photograph kindly provided by the Shire of Mundaring.


Meeting place:

Meet no later than 9.45am on Wedgetail Road Parkerville, by the large water tank, between Lake Valley Terrace and Bookleaf Place. There is plenty of parking off the road near the tank.

It will be run along the lines of the Glen Forrest Superblock excursion last year where we divided into 4 groups. This year we will have a bird, an insect, a flora and a fungi group. Come join us.


  • Insect leader: Drew Wallace with Suzy Thompson (Friends of the reserve co-ordinator).
  • Birds: Mike Green.
  • Flora: Penny Hussey AM with Jenny (previous friends of the reserve co-ordinator).
  • Fungi: Kevn Griffiths and Josette Loomes

Bookings: Bookings are essential as we are expecting four different groups. Please complete the RSVP. Please do one for each person you are responsible for so we know which group each person is joining and we have emergency information for each person to give the group leaders.


Practical details:

  1. Please bring your mobile phone and have it switched on – so we can reach you in case of emergency.
  2. Please put 0436-448-647 in your mobile phone (DRB number) so you can reach us if you get lost finding the reserve or there is an emergency.
  3. Please wear a whistle in case of emergency (the DRB has a few of these available for members but best to bring your own).
  4. Please carry sufficient water with you.
  5. Please wear closed in shoes.
  6. It may be wet prepare to bring wet weather gear.
  7. There are no facilities so please bring your own morning tea (and lunch if you’d like to stay back with us and eat lunch at the end of the event).

When you book in you will be sent these practical reminders.



On arrival each person must sign in individually to comply with club policies. If you are not a member of the club please bring a minimum of a gold coin donation for each person, to contribute to the cost of running the excursion and club. Thank you. It is free for financial members.


If once you have booked in you find you are unable to attend for any reason, it is essential that you let Anne know asap: DRBexcursions@wanaturalists.org.au or DRB phone: 0436-448-647. Do not simply not turn up, this is unfair on the organisers and unfair on people on the waiting list.

We look forward to having you with us for a wonderful morning.


Wedgetail Reserve, Parkerville
Lake Valley Tce and Bookleaf Place
Parkerville, WA Australia
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