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Published January 1st 2018
Go on one of these guided walks and talks to see wildflowers
The Wildflower Society conducts guided walks throughout Perth, and they make it possible for people to enjoy, know, grow and conserve our beautiful wildflowers that we are so fortunate to have here in Western Australia.
In WA, there are 11 branches of the Wildflower Society and these are in the following suburbs:
This is a list of some of these walks/talk where the Society members' knowledge will make them well worth attending, as well as guided walks by The Friends of Kings Park volunteers.
1. LANSDALE CONSERVATION PARK WALK
This park is approximately 15.75 hectares and is in the City of Wanneroo. It is rich, dense scrub-land in places and is termed as "threatened Ecological Community, TEC" because of the extensive clearing of this type of land.
Originally this bushland was to be turned into playing fields but due to the efforts of the Landsdale Farm School principal at the time, Tim Saggers, and the Friends of Landsdale Bushland, and later with the cooperation and assistance of the City of Wanneroo, the bushland was set aside for Conservation
For this walk, you will be joining David Pike for a one-hour guided walk.
You will meet up in Landsdale Road, approximately 100 metres east of Evandale Road, Darch, for an interesting hour!
2. KOONDOOLA REGIONAL BUSHLAND WALK The bushland is 136 hectares of mainly banksia woodland with scattered jarrah and wetter areas with "flooded gum, freshwater paperbark and prickly bark" and these are mostly in excellent condition. At one stage, 274 plant species were recorded in this area.
Also often seen around January are Calytrix and Verticordias everywhere. There is also a variety of orchids including about 5 different species.
This walk through bushland will be guided by David Pike.
You will meet in Koondoola Ave, opposite Burbridge Ave Koondoola and this is about a one hour's walk.
13th January and 10th February, 2018
8.00 am to 9.30 am
3. LAKE GWELUP RESERVE WALK
Lake Gwelup Reserve is a 73-hectare reserve in the City of Stirling and is also popular for bird watching, bush walking and a range of other outdoor activities.
This area was once connected to a chain of swamps and lakes to the north of the Perth CBD and Lake Gwelup played an integral part in the development of the area and today remains an important recreational and ecological feature.
It is a multi-purpose reserve, part of which you can even take dogs to, and it is a known place of cultural significance for the Nyoongar people.
This is termed as wetlands and has a mostly intact native bush-land and there are many varieties of birds, but beware, there are also dugites in this area.
Once again, you can join David Pike for a one-hour guided walk through Lake Gwelup Reserve.
You will meet in the Scout Hall Carpark (near the tennis courts), Huntriss Road, Gwelup.
Lake Gwelup Reserve
46 Huntriss Road
20th January and 17th February, 2018
8.00 am to 9.30 am
4. STAR SWAMP BUSHLAND RESERVE WALK
Star Swamp Bushland is a 96-hectare Class-A reserve, which is managed by the City of Stirling. It comprises 4 hectares of semi-permanent freshwater lake with paperbark trees and 92 hectares of Banksia, Tuart, Jarrah and Marri woodlands, and areas of low heath.
The Reserve has been set aside for the purposes of conservation, recreation and education. It is a remnant of the once extensive chain of wetland lakes and swamps which filled low-lying areas between ancient sand dunes.
There are wildflowers all year round here with over a dozen species of orchids in the bushland and several hundred flora species have been listed.
David Pike will lead this one hour guided walk through Star Swamp Bushland Reserve, and you will meet at the Henderson Environment Centre, Groat Street, North Beach.
27th January and 24th February, 2018
7.30 am to 9.00 am
5. JOLANDA KEEBLE: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SEE THE WILFLOWERS AT HI VALLEE FARM?
Hi Vallee Farm, Badgingarra is a 2,000-hectare sheep and wheat farm located about 250 km NNW of Perth in the northern Kwongan sand-plains of Western Australia – it is a highly bio-diverse area.
The property is run by Don and Joy Williams who have ensured that 400 ha of the land has been left untouched as native vegetation.
This fascinating area contains some of the "greatest botanical diversity in the world" and the native vegetation has many rare and priority flora making it of very high conservation value.
The vegetation of the Northern Kwongan Sand-plains is known Australia-wide and indeed, further afield throughout the world for its particularly high flora diversity and levels of "endemism".
Jolanda Keeble has been documenting the flora of Hi Vallee Farm for some 7 to 8 years and Jolanda will share her passion and knowledge about the flora and vegetation found here, including the best times to see the many protected flora species found on the farm.