Friday, August 13, 2010

A day off!

After our big planting effort for 2010 some Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers with fellow Coastcarer friends -Rae and Walter from Stirling Coastcare, all decided to have a bush walk at Bold Park in the sunshine.

For those who may not know, Bold Park was established as a "place for the people" in 1936 and was named after William E. Bold who was Town Clerk of Perth from 1900 to 1944. The park was declared an A Class Reserve in 1998 and is now managed by the Botanic Garden and Parks Authority.

The total area is 437 hectares and there are over 1000 plant species present (300 of these are native).
There is also an abundance of wildlife with a big number of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The excellent bird leaflet published by Birds Australia and BGPA states that Bold Park is an important refuge for over 80 species of birds. Many are resident all year but others are migratory or "sometime visitors".

We took the clearly marked, 5km Zamia Trail on Monday 9th August and as you can see in the photos the native wisteria (Hardenbergia comptoniana) was flowering beautifully, wreathing a Firewood banksia (Banksia menziesii) in the photo above; and in the photo opposite, (with a glimpse of the Indian Ocean behind) the native wisteria is growing over a coastal daisy bush (Olearia axillaris).

Several wattle species had started to flower. In this photo the walkers are admiring the bright sunshine yellow of a dune wattle (Acacia lasiocarpa) or dune moses (Acacia pulchella) - I can't remember which species this particular plant was!

No Cottesloe Coastcare activity is complete without a cuppa so we gathered on the top of Reabold Hill for our tea and cake. The short boardwalk with its excellent interpretive signage and wonderful views is well worth the visit if you have not discovered this beautiful spot yet!

It was also a farewell to Nacho (second left) as he is returning to Spain after 3 months in Perth with his partner. He has given us much of his time and has been an important member of our winter planting team.
AdiĆ³s y gracias Nacho.
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