The Chapman River Nature Trail was constructed in 2003-04 to highlight the Chapman River’s ecological and social significance in the region. Management and rehabilitation of the Chapman River Foreshore at Nanson was made possible by two successful Australian Government Envirofund applications and in-kind support from project contributors and volunteers – encouraging wildlife habitation, generating public awareness of native flora and fauna, and allowing public access to the natural environment, and passive recreation.
The trail features numerous interesting and attractive features, supplemented by nesting boxes, trail markers, and interpretive signage.
Rehabilitation of the river and foreshore along the trail has provided habitat for the endangered Ringtail Possum and Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, both of which have been seen in the area. It is hoped that, through the collaborated effort of the community, visitors will have an increasing opportunity to see these animals on the trail.
What visitors can find along the trails
If visitors are lucky, they might get to see one (or more) of the following flora and fauna species – all of which have been observed in the area (the trees should be easy to spot):
- Short-beaked Echidna.
- Ringtail Possum.
- White-stripped Mastiff Bat.
- Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo.
- Western Grey Kangaroo.
- Western Spiny-tail Gecko.
- Slender Tree Frog.
- Howatharra Mallee.
- Red River Gum.
- Swamp Sheoak.