By the Community  -  For the Community

December 2019  Newsletter. Issue 146

the Landcare SJ Office 

Time to Get Festive 

On the 5th of December, we celebrated the Landcare SJ Centre Christmas Party. It was a fantastic night full of laughs, good food and good company. The annual event is a fantastic way to thank everyone who has been involved with Landcare SJ throughout the last 12 months. 

We look forward to doing it all of over again in 2020!

Landcare SJ News 

What's in the Hollow? 

In November we kicked off the monitoring component of our 'Serpentine Jarrahdale Cockatube Monitoring and Maintenance' project funded through State Natural Resource Management Community Stewardship Grants 2018. 
This project has mainly involved using a cherry picker. However, we have been using our newest piece of monitoring equipment, the Cocky Pole, for those hard to reach, inaccessible areas. The Cocky Pole is a 12-metre wireless camera pole that live streams to a screen at the base of the tree. This allows us to see inside the hollow without disturbing the possible nesting fauna inside and without leaving the ground! 

Black Cockatube Monitoring Workshop

In November we had a fantastic turn out of avid bird lovers from near and far who attended the Cockatoo Monitoring Workshop. The main presenter of the event was Adam Peck from Birdlife WA. He talked about the use of artificial nesting hollows, breeding habits, feeding grounds, black cockatoo threats/pressures, as well as different monitoring techniques. Some of the monitoring techniques included the use of drone technology, extendable camera poles, climbing trees, flushing the hollows from the base of the tree, as well as using a cherry picker. 

This event was run by Landcare SJ in partnership with Birdlife WA and proudly funded by State Natural Resource Management and the Alcoa Foundation, with the support of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale

Motion Sensor Cameras 

Trail cameras have been installed in the southern portion of Serpentine Jarrahdale to monitor feral animals. This project activity coordinated by Landcare SJ is supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, through funding from the Alcoa Foundation.

Anneliese Bone from the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group has also been involved and will provide ongoing support to the property owners through the group’s permit subsidies program.

Guess What I Am?


For your chance to win an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20 

Do you know what native species I am?

Be the first person to Email my scientific and common name to Reece Jerrett at Landcare SJ and you'll receive an Australian Native Nursery gift voucher valued at $20!


(Individuals can only win the monthly competition every 3 months)

Congratulations to Renae from Cardup on winning last month's competition. The correct guess was
Apple of Sodom (
Solanum linnaeanum

Enjoy your new plants!

(Last month's picture to the left)

Your Local Environment 

Be Fire Ready!

Bushfire season has started and you need to be prepared! 
People are encouraged to have the Bushfire survival plan organised, this includes any problems that may arise when you're deciding to evacuate or defend your property. Things to think of when you're creating your Bushfire Survival Plan are:
  • Who am I putting in danger?
  • Am I mentally, physically and emotionally prepared to fight spot fires for hours, even days at a time?
  • Am I able to do everything required to fight a fire without the help of firefighters?
  • Does everyone in the household agree with the plan to stay?
  • Am I committed to acquiring the necessary equipment?
  • Am I committed to preparing our property for a bushfire?
If you'd like to answer these questions to see what option  DFES recommends you take please click here.

To stay up to date with all official emergency warnings throughout Western Australia please use the link below.

What a Find!

Whilst monitoring Cockatubes in Keysbrook, we spotted this cranky yet striking looking badge Huntsman Spider (Neosparassus sp.) 

Badge Huntsmans, like other huntsmans, are found living under loose bark on trees, in crevices on rock walls and trees as well as under rocks and in leaf litter. Badge Huntsmans in woodlands often create burrows, with and without trapdoors.

Upcoming  Community

Please click on the posters for more information.
There are no upcoming events for December. 

Help The Cause


  and help save these charismatic birds.

It takes over 100 years for a natural hollow to form that our endangered Black Cockatoos will breed in, but only a few minutes to donate towards the construction of Landcare SJ's 'Cockatubes'. 

Any contribution is greatly appreciated! 

Please Donate Today

(Photo by Rick Dawson)
                               Contact us:

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Cnr Cockram St and Paterson St
(PO Box 41), Mundijong WA 6123


(08) 9526 0012     


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