Birds of Jirdarup publication

Wettenhall Environment Trust and Hannah Beazley MLA are sponsoring our new publication. Expect to see it in October 2024.

Photo (c) Jim Schultz.

Friends of Jirdarup Bushland are delighted to share the news that we have received grants to produce our next publication: Birds of Jirdarup: your garden can help them thrive.

A very big ‘Thank you’ to our major sponsor, the Wettenhall Environment Trust, and to our local Member of Parliament, Hannah Beazley MLA, for their generous support.

The Wettenhall Environment Trust provides grants to support projects that enhance and maintain the vitality and diversity of the Australian natural living environment.

Hannah Beazley said, “The Friends have a proud history of providing incredible resources for the community around the conservation and preservation of this wonderful Jirdarup Bushland Precinct. This is a much-needed resource if we want to continue to provide habitat so that our urban birds can thrive.”

Once again several local photographers have generously donated a collection of great images. Local bird expert Dan Carter is busy finalising the text. Western Australia’s own birdman Eric McCrum OAM has given the project his tick of approval. The guide is designed for people who want to identify the birds they see in our banksia woodlands and to help them thrive by providing bird habitats in their gardens across the suburbs.

Jirdarup Bushland Precinct, only 7Km from the Perth CBD, is managed by the Town of Victoria Park for conservation, passive recreation and education. The Bushland is home to a wealth of native flora, fauna and fungi. The land has been home to the Whadjuk Noongar people for over 45,000 years. Several stories from Noongar folklore that have been gathered by Noongar Elder Emeritus Professor Dr Leonard Collard will provide a deeper connection to the traditional custodians of the area.

The 18 hectare site includes Kensington Bushland Reserve which is the best preserved remnant urban bushland between Perth’s Swan and Canning Rivers.

Almost 70 species of birds have been observed in Jirdarup, some regularly and others passing through. For these birds to thrive, state and local governments must make a concerted effort to increase the tree canopy and conserve bushlands that provide a variety of plants that are suitable for the birds to find food, shelter and nesting sites.

The Precinct, its history and natural beauty, was the subject of the Friends’ 2023 publication Jirdarup Bushland and the Friends who care for it and featured in their popular nature photography competitions in 2020 and 2021.

For further information contact Lesley 0438 415 665 or email