Imagine looking up and seeing endangered Black Cocktoos nibbling away on a Banksia cone or cracking into a honky nut with its powerful beak and suddenly realising its feeding on the tree you planted 5 years ago... 😍♥️
Well, that could be your 'made to order' experience if you join us this Sunday at 2 pm at Kent Street. We'll be planting 320 exclusively Cockatoo food trees. It may be the simple most important act of kindness that you undertake towards our precious spirit birds. 🤩🙏
300 local provenance trees will be planted into the Kent Street Sandpit upper embankment area. 🌿🌱
We're meeting @ Kent St Sandpit north gate at the cnr of Etwell and Kent Streets.
Plants and planting materials have been kindly provided by @townofvicpark.
Come and be part of this informal start of this community restoration. Just byo gloves, hat, waterbottle and wear trousers. 🧢 💦 🧤
We expect this planting will only take two hours until 4 pm under the expert guidance of our Natural Area Team leader Stephen Syzlowski.
Parking available @Harold Rossiter Park Clubhouse.
RSVP: email@example.com or Klaus - 0450083757
Head’s up everybody! 😃 Get out your cameras and phones! 📸 The ‘Images of Jirdarup 2021’ photographic competition is on again! 💃🏼🕺📸👏🥳
With a stellar cast of sponsors to support our great prizes, and an extra category, there are even more chances to win. 🏆🥇🥈🏅
This year's five entry categories are: FAUNA - reptiles, birds and invertebrates. 🦎🦉🐍 Sponsored by @biologicenv FLORA - wildflowers, shrubs and trees. 🌿🌸🌾Sponsored by @waldecksbentley LANDSCAPE/HABITAT - may include humans, pets and stuff'. 🌅👨👩👧🐶Sponsored by @perthnrm JUNIOR PHOTOGRAPHER- aged 17 and younger. 😊📸👏 Sponsored by @beavertreeservices BLACK COCKATOOS - NEW category! Sponsored by @hannahforvicpark - Member for Victoria Park
The sixth prize will be the @petsandvets_wa PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD and voted on by visitors to the Exhibition at the @kentstreetgallery-Victoria Park Centre for the Arts from 19th November to 8th December. This project is supported by an Arts Grants from the @townofvicpark. Check out last year’s brilliant winning photos on our website https://www.fojb.org.au/ and stay tuned for details! 🤩📸👏...
Regular visitors to Jirdarup Bushland Precinct may have noticed a number of new Balga/ Grass trees (Xanthorrhoea preissii) have appeared in George Street Reserve. Our hardworking natural areas team leader Stephen Szydlowski with the expertise of Replants transplanted 29 Balga and 3 Zamias (Macrozamia riedlei). Replants were then called on again to transplant 8 Balga and 6 Zamia. These were salvaged from the Northern Highway extension and offered to the Town for rehoming.
Many of these fine specimens would be hundreds of years old and Stephen is very happy with how well they have blended into the recovered landscape and added an air of instant maturity. We hope they continue to thrive in their new bushland home for hundreds of years to come! 🤩
Thank you for the story and photos Vicki Caulfield, Stephen Szydlowski, with input from Georgina Wilson, Klaus Backheuer, and Clare Caldeira....
Earlier this year, the @townofvicpark conducted a first round of community consultation on plans for the Kent Street Sandpit. The consultation confirmed overwhelming public support for the main goal to revegetate and rehabilitate the site. 🌿
This project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a new natural area, extend and protect the existing threatened banksia woodland of Kensington Bushland, and increase the biodiversity of Jirdarup Bushland Precinct as well as the tree canopy of the Town. And it comes at the perfect time, marking the start of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. 🌳
The Friends’ committee attended the Council meeting to speak on the matter. ToVP Council received the “Community Consultation Report” and authorised the next step: Over the next four months, the Town will conduct detailed site surveys and engage with environmental experts to advise on the tricky business of turning a contaminated former rubbish tip into healthy jarrah-banksia woodlands. It is a daunting task that needs professional input and careful planning. 🤓...
Kaya! 😃🙌 Last Saturday (29th May) a large group of Friends and supporters celebrated National Reconciliation Week (https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week) with a fascinating talk by Indigenous Elders Professor Simon Forrest and Roni Forrest from Wildfire Indigenous Education and Cultural consultants (https://www.facebook.com/wildfireeducation/). We learned about the Noongar Six Seasons 🌸 and the knowledge system developed by the Noongar people over 40,000 years ago! 👌 In Noongar culture native plants were (and still are) used for food, medicine, clothing, fire and shelter, and for making hunting and digging tools. 🌿 Many plants have spiritual and cultural relevance, embedded in a complex system of lore and customs that works with nature to protect animals and the environment. 🙏 Professor Forrest also spoke about the Gondwana Link project, ‘connecting nature and people’ in the south west (https://gondwanalink.org). Thanks also to the Friends event crew, and our valued sponsors: the @townofvicpark (https://www.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/Home) and Perth NRM (https://www.perthnrm.com/about) through the Swan Canning River Recovery Stage Three Project and the Australian Government. Here are a few photos from the event. Did you take any photos on the day and want to share them? 📸🤩 Please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙌...
Ever wondered where the tube stock plants for the Jirdarup Bushland planting days come from? 🤔 The seeds get collected from Kensington Bushland and are stored and propagated at the @cityofsouthperth Nursery. 🌱🌿💕
Our Friends of Jirdarup Landcare Group, who manage the planting, weeding and watering activities in the bushland, had the pleasure to get a guided tour through the nursery this month. 🤩👌
The group learned a lot about the tricky business of propagating native plants. 😮
They also learnt that the trend is towards natives, and especially cockatoo food sources, which is one of the Friends of Jirdarup's passions. ❤️
The sneak peek of the seedlings destined for the Town of Victoria Park was a special treat, and we look forward to caring for some of them in future. 🌱🙏
Special thanks go to Jennifer and John from the City of South Perth Nursery for sharing their time and expert knowledge with us. 💝🌿🙌 The photos were taken during the visit....
Hello, if you have been down to the Jirdarup Bushland I am sure you will have seen lots of activity on the ever so popular bird waterers. 🥳🤩
We've now entered the Noongar season Djeran, known as the 'season of adulthood'. 🤓
The season changes when the nights turn cool, bringing a morning dew. Red flowers, like banksias, are in bloom, rain starts to fall and flying ants cruise on the light south westerly winds.
Make sure you take a stroll through the bushland, as the Banksia menziesii, commonly known as firewood banksia, are now flowering. They are a gnarled tree that gets up to 10 m tall. They are often two-coloured red or pink and yellow, and their colour has earnt them some unusual common names such as port wine banksia and strawberry banksia. Yellow blooms are rarely seen.
Both pictures were taken by Georgina Wilson on 10/04/2021. Thanks, Georgina.
Enjoy Djeran, the autumn in our bushland. Kind regards, Klaus - Friends of Jirdarup Bushland...