By the Community  -  For the Community

March 2021 Newsletter. Issue 156

Landcare SJ News 

Cry of the Forests 

Jarrahdale Screening 
Landcare SJ, Jarrahdale Forest Protectors (Save Our Jarrah) and the WA Forest Alliance were delighted to present an outdoor screening of Cry of the Forests to the Serpentine Jarrahdale community and people from further afield. Jarrahdale made for a sobering setting with the backdrop of a mature Jarrah forest and it's logging history. It is hoped that as a result of this film, the opinion within our community changes and pressure mounts to a point where the clearing of our unique forests and woodlands will no longer be acceptable. As was discussed during the film, both us humans and the forest ecosystems are depending on each other, to save one another.

If you'd like to host a screening or find out more information about Cry of the Forests, please click here

Pre-election Funding Commitment to Landcare SJ

Brickwood Reserve
Brickwood Reserve is a high quality remnant bushland site situated in Byford. The reserve is on the National Trust Register, recognised as having significant environmental features, including three Nationally listed threatened ecological communities, one of the largest and most intact examples of a critically endangered threatened ecological community on the Swan Coastal Plain. The protection of the threatened ecological communities within the reserve is of paramount importance. The reserve is protected both under the Federal EPBC Act and State government policies.
Last month, both major political parties made a pre-election commitment to Landcare SJ of $130,000 towards erection of a vehicle exclusion fence surrounding the reserve.  The high tensile wire fencing is intended as a deterrent to unauthorised vehicle access, in particular motor cycles and 4WDs which have gained access over the years, damaging sensitive bushland areas, bringing in weeds and disease and dumping household waste including green waste. 
The current fencing is inadequate, and the new fence will help protect into the future, the integrity and unique features of Brickwood Reserve.  It will also demonstrate that the bushland is managed and important – annual management activities include Phytophthora dieback treatment, weed control, feral animal control and revegetation.
The Reserve has numerous walking tracks through it, and recreation is encouraged.  A dieback foot bath was installed recently by the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale at the Mead St/Warrington Road entrance to further protect the reserve from dieback.  The Friends of Brickwood Reserve Group work hard to maintain the reserve.
Landcare SJ was overwhelmed by the response from both major parties at our request for financial support to fence Brickwood Reserve.  We have been trying for a number of years to secure sufficient funding for this project.  The fencing is high tech and expensive, and funding for this type of vehicle exclusion barrier has been very difficult to obtain through normal grant processes. 

Birds in Paradise 

Byford Hall 
Landcare SJ held the first of two Great Cocky Count information sessions for 2021. 'Birds in Paradise' was held in Byford. The session was well attended and attendees definitely left with more knowledge of ornithology compared to earlier that day.  The presenters for the afternoon were Ron Johnstone and Merryn Pryor. Johnstone, from the WA Museum who discussed 50 years of working in the field of ornithology, including details of the history of the WA Museum collections, their use and current projects, including the forthcoming WA Bird Guide, the Museum's Cocky Care project and their work in Indonesia. Pryor, from Birdlife WA, presented on the long-running community science project, the Great Cocky Count and how you can be involved in the upcoming 2021 count. 

The second information session will be held in the Shire of Murray at the North Dandalup Memorial Hall on the 6th of March and with presentations from Tom Lerner, Shire of Murray, on managing your bushland and Adam Peck from Birdlife WA on the Great Cocky Count. To secure your seat at the event, please click here

Registrations for the 2021 Great Cocky Count are still open until the 7th of March and the Count will be held on the 28th of March Please click here for more information. 

SJ Equestrian Property Regenerative Soil Health Trial

The SJ Food and Farm Alliance recently presented the SJ Equestrian Property Regenerative Soil Health Trial Workshop and Field Day with support from Landcare SJ.
The workshop included special guests Belinda Taylor from Hoof Hearted Hoof Care presenting on soil testing methods, the Peel Harvey Catchment Council on soil and water quality, the SJ Shire on Equine Management Plans, Ellen Walker from EarthWhile Australia on soil microbiology and Robyn Brown from Waste Is My Resource on fermented compost for impoverished soils.
The field day was held at the Shanley Green Agistment Centre where Robyn Brown gave a practical demonstration on the fermentative composting technique. The presentation comprised of how to assemble a compost pile using horse manure and old hay readily available on most equine properties as well as how to make and apply the fermented ‘brew’. Once assembled, covered and left for 6-8 weeks the composted material can be spread back out onto paddocks improving the soils organic matter, adding microbes and increasing the soils water holding capacity.  
As part of the trial ten equine property owners within the SJ Shire have volunteered their time to each build a fermented compost pile on their own properties using the technique demonstrated. The composted material will then be applied to their paddocks with a photo point set up to record changes in pasture over time. The soil will be monitored before and after and data collected.  The results from the yearlong trial will shared with the community.
Due to Covid restrictions at the time of the workshop attendees were limited to the trial participants and presenters. Additional fermentative composting workshops are being planned in the future to be made available to a broader audience interested in improving the soil on their properties.
This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program and the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.


Black Cockatoos and Bushland 

North Dandalup Memorial Hall 
This event will feature two presenters. Tom Lerner from the Shire of Murray, will be presenting on how to protect, enhance and manage bushland on your property. Adam Peck from Birdlife WA will be presenting on the Great Cocky Count and how you can be involved in the upcoming 2021 count. 

To book your tickets, please click here

2021 Great Cocky Count

Regerstrations now open 

The Great Cocky Count (GCC)  was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, GCC is back for 2021! Birdlife WA is hoping to make this one of the largest and most comprehensive counts yet. With the aim to monitor as many roosting sites as possible. The GCC will provide a snapshot of Black Cockatoos populations as they fly into their roosting sites across an area of WA, stretching from Geraldton to Esperance. Data collected from the GCC will be used to improve conservation efforts for the three species of Black Cockatoos found in the south-west of Western Australia. As well as allowing researchers to quantify the changes in Black Cockatoo populations across the state. 

The GCC will be held on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at sunset (approximately 5.30-7:00pm in Perth). Registrations are now open and will close on March 7, 2021.
To register for this year's Great Cocky Count, please click here

Serpentine Enviro Group Busy Bee

Serpentine National Park 

Your Local Environment 

Animals of SJ 

Black Shouldered Kite (Elanus notatus

The Back Shouldered Kite (Elanus notatus) is a predatory bird species that are apart of the Accipitridae family. The Black Shouldered Kite is found worldwide. However, the Australian species differ slightly from their global counterparts. The Australian population have been found to have more pointed wings, a black spot under each wing and a shorter squared tail. 

The species feeds mainly on vertebrates such as mice, frogs and skinks. Invertebrate species also form part of their diets. Black Shouldered Kites are widespread across most of Australia, except areas covered by deserts and Tasmania. The species are most likely to be spotted in woodland and wet savanna areas and are often seen flying over the flats and lowlands of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Photo by Steve Percival

Nyoongar Calendar

Bunuru - Season of adolescence

Bunuru is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain. Hot easterly winds continue with a cooling sea breeze most afternoons if you're close to the coast. Therefore, traditionally this was, and still is, a great time for living and fishing by the coast, rivers and estuaries. Because of this, freshwater foods and seafood made up major parts of the diet during this time of year.

Bunuru is also a time of the white flowers with lots of white flowering gums in full bloom, including Jarrah, Marri and Ghost Gums.

Another striking flower that is hard to go past is the female Zamia (Macrozamia riedlei). Being much larger than that of its male counterpart, the huge cones emerge from the centre of the plant with masses of a cotton wool like substance.

As the hot, dry weather continues the seed upon the cones change from green to bright red, indicating they're ripening and becoming more attractive to animals, particularly the emu, that will eat the toxic fleshy outer.

- South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council

Species: Eucalyptus gomphocephala

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)

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)
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