Very exciting news! The draft concept design for the bushland restoration of the Kent Street Sandpit has been released for public feedback. All Friends of JIrdarup Bushland should have their say and help make this visionary project a reality. Follow this link yourthoughts.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/kentstreetsandpit #jirdarup #kentstreetsandpit #bushlandrestoration...
The Rainbow Bee-Eater photos in our last post were such a big hit we thought you might like some more. These colourful birds are regular summer visitors to Jirdarup Bushland where they come to breed. Rainbow Bee-Eaters don’t use trees to nest - they dig burrows in the sand, like this one found in Jirdarup recently.
The female will lay between 3 and 7 eggs which hatch in about one month. The chicks are fed by both parents, as well as by other members of the communal group. Pairs of RBEs are adept at catching bees and other flying insects, which they then beat to death on a nearby branch!
Photo of feeding Rainbow Bee-Eaters by Georgina Wilson. Burrow photos by Vicki.
The word Jirdarup means ‘Place of Birds’ in the Noongar language. So what birds are about in January?
The family of rainbow bee-eaters that arrived in October are still darting and diving through the trees in several spots, especially on the N/W side of the Bushland and are sometimes spotted near the Christmas Tree corner.
While there are fewer Black Cockatoos than last year, you can often find them at the bird waterer in the evenings, taking turns with the honey-eaters, wattle-birds, kookaburras, ravens, magpies, willy wagtails and galahs!
Local photographer Georgina Wilson recently captured some classic shots of our fabulous Jirdarup birds doing their thing. Check these out! #jirdarup...
The end of a year and the start of another brings the opportunity to wish you season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy and happiness.
Thanks for supporting FoJB through an incredible 2021. In January our group was awarded the Town of Victoria Park's “Community Citizen of the Year Award” in recognition of over 21 years of community service. I feel honoured to be chairing this enthusiastic dream team.
And we didn’t stop there. The Committee gained three shiny new members and worked full steam ahead throughout the last 12 months. With COVID dominating the news around the world here in WA we were fortunate enough to be spared from most of it. We were able to hold our popular “Walk&Talk” events at Jirdarup and did lots of landcare activities in the bush. Highlights definitely were the photo competition/exhibition “Images of Jirdarup 2021” and progress towards the Kent Street Sandpit Restoration concept design with the Town of Victoria Park.
The Committee also received lots of support from you, the Friends of Jirdarup Bushland, throughout the year. A big thank you to everyone who came along to our activities and events and helped make this all happen.
Looking ahead at the looming new year we will have more community events, and the Kent Street Sandpit Restoration project will occupy most of our time in 2022. We would love you to join us on this exciting journey. Stay tuned.
Warm wishes to everyone, we hope you had a festive Christmas and we wish you a Happy New Year 2022. Klaus Backheuer - Chair...
What’s flowering in Jirdarup Bushland? We are now in the season of Birak or the‘first summer’ (December-January) when the warm days are cooled by the afternoon sea breezes. In Jirdarup Bushland many flowering plants are in bloom and can be spotted from the pathways. Here is a selection to look out for on your walks. WA Christmas Tree (Nuytsia floribunda), Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) and the Xanthorrhoea brunonis grass tree (Balga in the Noongar language)....
KENT STREET SANDPIT - DRAFT CONCEPT DESIGN OUT SOON!
Last night the Victoria Park Council approved the Draft Concept Design for the Kent St Sandpit to be released for public comment. FoJB committee member Helen Brown spoke at the meeting in favour of the motion and urged Council to be mindful of the need to minimise impacts on the surrounding Bush Forever area of Kensington Bushland, which is also classified as Threatened Ecological Community. This is a big milestone in the long campaign by the Friends of Jirdarup Bushland to have the Sandpit restored to its original bushland glory. Full credit to the Mayor and Councillors for their vision and commitment to improving our local environment. The Draft Concept Design will go out for community consultation early in 2022. Stay tuned for updates!
Yesterday a few of us were pleased to meet with Councillor Peter Devereux for a walk around Jirdarup Bushland. Peter is one of the newly elected members on the Victoria Park Council, for the Banksia Ward. As an environmental academic and passionate advocate for biodiversity and sustainability, we welcome Peter's indepth knowledge and his support for the Friends of JIrdarup Bushland. #jirdarup #crpeterdevereux...
And it's a wrap! After a stellar 3-week run, the 'Images of Jirdarup 2021' exhibition has closed. With hundreds of visitors, 203 People's Choice votes, and 23 prints sold, it was a huge success. Prints can be collect from the Kent Street Gallery-Victoria Park Centre for the Arts before 17 December. You can also check out all the winning photos on our website @friendsofjirdarupbushland.