August DRB Nats Excursion
It is only be fitting to report that on our excursion to Wedgetail Reserve on August 25, we saw a Wedgetail Eagle (Aquila audax), along with 17 other birds, including Inland Thornbills (Acanthiza apicalis), White-browed Scrub-wrens (Sericornis frontalis), and Scarlet Robins (Petroica boodang).
Forty-eight members and visitors attended and we spilt into four groups: a Fungi group with leaders Josette Loomes and Kevn Griffiths, a Flora group led by Penny Hussey, an Insect group led by Drew Wallace and Suzy Thompson, and a Bird group led by Mike Green. We were fortunate to have the Friends of the Reserve’s Coordinator Suzy Thompson join us and also the previous Coordinator, Jenny Johnson.
Unfortunately, the reserve doesn’t appear on any maps, but it is within an area bounded by Wedgetail Circle and there is an easy entry point with parking along Wedgetail Road after the junction of Lake Valley Terrace and before Bookleaf Place.
The reserve started out as a barren clay wallow (having been a cattle property for 40 years) and was formed in the early 2000s. The only vegetation remaining was a fringing strip of struggling marri and casuarina. The first planting of local canopy species took place in 2005 and 14 years and 42,000 plants later, the area has been transformed. It has been a joint effort by community (the Friends group), students from Conservation & Land Management classes at Midland, school students from both primary and secondary schools, Prisons Dept, Water & Rivers, ALCOA, EMRC, Shire of Mundaring and the developer. Jenny showed us photographs of how barren the area originally was.
The transformation is very impressive. We saw significant areas of open woodland with Marri (Corymbia calophylla) and Western Sheoak (Allocasuarina fraseriana). Flowers were plentiful in number and variety. These included Hakea lissocarpha, Hakea prostrata and Hibbertia hypericoides in full flower along with several species of Acacia and a dense patch of Redbeak Orchid leaves (no flowers), as well as Trigger plants, Drosera and much more. However, the day belonged to the excitement generated when the Flora group found a rare plant Templetonia drummondii, which is a Priority 4 plant, (rare, are not currently threatened).
(photo: Amalia Ohman)
Drew successfully showed his group many insects including Kaytdids and Velvet Worms, and we found a broad collection of fungi and at least two species of frogs in the small creek running through the reserve. It’s clearly a thriving environment.
Once all full species lists are created, copies will be sent to the reserve coordinators, the Shire of Mundaring, and all attendees. We were joined by people living adjacent to the reserve and are keen to encourage them to continue surveying it.
Thanks to all who came. It was a lovely morning in beautiful sunshine.
Full lists of all sightings can be found on page 2-5 of this report.
- Insects & others
- Flora (incomplete)