Friends of Jirdarup Bushland

This event is sponsored by the Swan Canning River Recovery Stage Three (SCRR3) and supported by the Perth NRM, through funding from the Australian Government.

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The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland

The Friends of Jirdarup Bushland is a community group based around Victoria Park. We are dedicated to the preservation of Jirdarup Bushland Precinct which includes Kensington Bushland, George St Reserve and Kent St Sandpit. We organize community events as well as planting and weeding days each year.

Our aim is to help the community connect with nature through protecting, regenerating and revegetating the Jirdarup Bushland Precinct.

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The Bushland

Jirdarup Bushland Precinct, with ‘Bush Forever’ site Kensington Bushland at its heart, is a rare slice of remnant banksia-jarrah woodlands tucked away in Victoria Park. A hidden natural treasure and biodiversity hot spot, Jirdarup means ‘Place of Birds’ in the Nyoongar language. It is home to 62 species of birds, as well as 14 species of reptiles and over 200 plant species. Get creative and immerse yourself in photographing the wealth of Jirdarup’s flora, fauna, and landscapes.

The Bushland entry points are from Etwell Street, George Street and Baron Hay Court. There is free parking, wide pathways, and dog walking is permitted. Disabled access is via Baron-Hay Court entrance. You can take photos from the public access areas in Jirdarup Bushland, but please don’t jump the fences.

‘Images of Jirdarup 2021’ Photography Competition

Thanks to an Arts Grant from the Town of Victoria Park, the ‘Images of Jirdarup’ photography competition will be back this year  bigger and better than the popular inaugural project last year.  Entries will open from July to September, and an exhibition of the finalists will take place at the Kent Street Gallery in late November.  
Avid photographers of all ages are invited to get out into Jirdarup Bushland and start taking those nature shots!  
Stay tuned for more details soon.

Competition Winners Announced

1st Place Flora: Ain't Life Grand(is) - Alison Higgins

Alison Higgins receiving her award from Mayor Karen Vernon and judge Robert Audcent

2nd Place Flora: The Herd - Mark de Cruz

Mark de Cruz with Mayor Karen Vernon

1st Place Fauna: Teaching the Young One - Christine Chester

Christine Chester receiving her award. (FoJB Chair Klaus Backheuer in the background)

2nd Place Fauna: The Sentinel - Emma Jones

Emma Jones receiving her award from Beth Walker from BirdlifeWA

1st Place Landscape: Birth in the dying acres - Xinyang Zhao

Xingyang Zhao receiving his award from Mayor Vernon

2nd Place Landscape: Winter Morning - Jon Young

Jon Young receiving his award from Mayor Vernon

1st Place Junior: Foney Fungi - Sav Noble

Sav Noble, Kent Street SHS, receives his award from Mayor Vernon, with FoJB’s Robert Audcent & Klaus Backheuer

2nd Place Junior: Yellow Joy - Ching Yi Lu

1st Place People's Choice: Winter Morning - Jon Young

Jon Young receiving his award from Cr Wilf Hendriks and Andrea Higgins (Victoria Park Rotary Club)

2nd Place People's Choice: Afternoon Yawn - Kerry Whitworth

The Camera Electronic $100 gift voucher was won by Flora Johnston.  Congratulations!

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Hello bushcare team! 🥰

Exciting news! The Friends have been talking with the Town about ‘adopting’ an area in Jirdarup where we can lavish our efforts on planting, hand weeding and watering for the coming 12 months. 👏The sites we are looking at are along the Sandpit embankment, but still within the Bush Forever zone. These areas are perfect for planting lots of cockatoo food trees - such as jarrah, marri, and banksia - and have easy access to the car park and other facilities.

With a good soaking rain yesterday, this weekend we will focus on hand weeding along the Etwell St verge, which is right next door to our planned ‘adoption’ site.

Please join us this Sunday anytime between 7.15am - 9am, somewhere between the Kent St roundabout and the bushland entrance.

REMINDER 👉 Don’t forget our special visit to the City of South Perth Nursery, from 10am next Wednesday 5th May. If you haven’t signed up, please RSVP and we’ll send you the details.

Picture: Laura Jung

Geoff Groom kindly sent through his photo of a very special bird! 👌

“In 2019 I photographed this bird in Kensington Bushland. I believe that it is a hybrid between a White-cheeked Honeyeater and a New Holland Honeyeater. I wrote an article, which appeared in Australian Field Ornithology (Volume 36 - 2019).

Currently I am trying to see as many Western Australian birds as I can, in one calendar year. Alan Collins currently holds the record, having seen 419 birds. Currently I have seen or heard 326 different species. Two of these birds were seen for the first time this year in the Jirdarup Bushland - the Western Wattlebird and the White-cheeked Honeyeater.

If you would like to follow my progress, check out my Facebook Page WA Big Birding Year - 2021 .”

You can see more shots of the hybrid and Geoff's paper (with many more pictures of the hybrid) on BirdLife Western Australia's website:


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All photographs featured here were taken in Jirdarup Bushland by Robert Audcent (FoJB member and one of the judges).


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