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Flora and fauna survey 3: Bush area in Kelmscott where the scarp and flats intersect.
17 February, 8:30 am-10:30 am
The DRB Nats are surveying a 12 acre bush block in Kelmscott for each of the six Nyoongar seasons during 2017/2018. Please help us! It is a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other, to find new flora and fauna, and to be inspired by our local natural history.
There are small areas of near pristine bush which represent the unique flora and flora of the area – half-way between the scarp and the flats. We found over 54 plant species on our first survey and have recorded 22 bird species so far. It has surprised us how much we have found – and we want to find more. It really does change each season – we found mistletoe in flower for the first time in the December survey and it was being visited by many different insects, but nearly all the earlier flowers were no longer visible.
Walk level: The walking is easy so all levels of physical ability are catered for. There will be more stopping and looking than walking!
Background: We will be contributing to the natural history education of the teachers and students at Good Shepherd primary school, who own the land. They do not know what is on it, but are very keen to learn. The Deputy Principal, Diana Newman, first approached the DRB Nats for help, when she met Mike and Rachel at a community leaders’ forum run by the City of Armadale. They were enthusiastic and discussed it with the committee, and Eric was keen for us to conduct a survey for each of the six Nyoongar seasons.
We have already completed the first and second surveys and recorded much of what we have seen on the Atlas of Living Australia: Please go here to see it: https://biocollect.ala.org.au/ala/project/index/0482b2b4-4cd8-4c49-ba38-549f944668ce (The above photos are just a tiny sample of what we have seen so far.)
Although there are many weed species, there are also healthy native plants and trees, birds, fungi, insects and reptiles. It is a small area for a manageable survey by the members of the DRB Nats. We will draw up a list of everything we have seen and give a full list to the school at the end of 2018. We are also placing everything on the Atlas of Living Australia and therefore need people who are good photographers and people who can upload to the Atlas.
At other times, we are also running nature walks with the year six students. The children can look for new things to add to our survey list and / or learn what each of the items is. The children will not be with us on this survey. We also hope to be able to identify suitable photo stops. This is because in the end the school’s science teacher hopes that the children will develop their own nature walk and be able to lead other people around it.
We are also helping to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of natural history at the school and have provided binoculars, hand lenses, books and two stereo microscopes from the Bequest the Harper Sisters left the DRB for education. This will be an ongoing relationship we are developing with the school, about which we are very excited. Please join us.
Six Nyoongar seasons
Bunuru – Second summer – February-March – Survey 3
Birak – First summer – December-January – Survey 2
Kambarang – Second spring – October-November – Survey 1.
Still to do
Djeran – Autumn – April-May
Makuru – Winter – June-July
Djilba – First spring – August-September
You don’t need to be an expert – this is what is needed:
1. People who can find *things.
2. People who can identify *things.
3. People who can photograph *things.
4. People who can keep lists of *things.
5. People who can enter *things into the Atlas of Living Australia.
In other words anyone and everyone. The more of us the better.
By *things please read any flora or fauna: trees, fungi, flowers, birds, butterflies, spiders, insects, reptiles, etc.
Date: Our third survey will be on Saturday 17th February 2018.
Time: Meet at 8.30am for a 8.45am start at the school gate: 15 Arbuthnot St, Kelmscott. Finish no later than 10.30am.
Bring: Please bring binoculars, bird and flower books, relevant Apps, camera, ipad/phone/tablet, pen, paper, refreshments, water, hat and name badge. It may be very hot (hence the early start) so make sure you have sun protection, a hat, sunscreen and water. There is some shade.
Clothing: Wear strong footwear – thongs or open-toed sandals may not be worn.
Bookings: Members and visitors are all welcome. RSVP bookings essential – online please.
Leaders: Mike and Rachel Green from the DRB Nats.
Apps of relevance
To access the Atlas of Living Australia and Bio-Collect
1. If you have an iphone or ipad, load BioCollect through itunes or the Apple store: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/biocollect/id1116877865?mt=8
and load the Atlas App Ozatlas in the same way: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/ozatlas/id509021205?mt=8
2. If you have an Android phone, load the Apps through Google Play Store:
or the photographs ca be uploaded later from your home computer.
To access the Birds of Australia App:
We look forward to seeing you on the 17 February 2018.