On a unique bushland subdivision, at Seaview Park, Karakin, the October 2nd Living with Nature Workshop provided a celebration of biodiversity and a stimulating, thought-provoking day.
Conducted by the Conservation Council of WA the workshop shone a light on the amazing natural world around us and how we can help live in harmony with our feathered, furry, and scaly neighbours on small ( 2- 3 Ha) lifestyle blocks in the Banksia heath of the Swan Coastal plain.
The morning walkabout across parts of the estate, where much spring-flowering continued in prime colour was guided expertly and entertainingly by Dr Eddy Wajon (WA Wildflower Society). It was a wonderful education and celebration of the remarkable floristic diversity.
Relevant, animated discussion was prompted by site visits to view a range of fire management and weed control options. The role that slashing and mulching might play in the mitigation of these issues, whilst protecting and enhancing biodiversity, is becoming increasingly important in landowner management of the vegetation.
The Karakin estate in the Shire of Gingin has some of the most important foraging habitat for the endangered Carnaby Black-Cockatoo and the afternoon presentation from Birdlife WA’s Black-Cockatoo Project Officer Merryn Pryor raised awareness of this. Other presenters were CCWA’s Dr Nic Dunlop on the diversity of the ground fauna, local resident and birdwatcher Alison Goundrey spoke of the birds regularly seen in the estate ‘backyards’. NACC’s Senior Biodiversity Officer Jarna Kendle completed the day detailing the Land for Wildlife program.
This project is supported by NACC NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.
Photo credit to Stephanie Murphey.