Too frequent fires in Buckland Hill's natural area has resulted in a loss
of biodiversity of flora and fauna and an increase in fuel load (weeds).
Heidi Khojestah (ToMP bushcare officer) has left this area for volunteers to
weed as it has quite a good variety of species that may get killed by off
target herbicide spraying.
In this area is one Jacksonia (I do not know of any others in MP), Scaevola
nivea, autumn lilly, (Tricoryne elatior), parrot bush, (Banksia sessilis),
native grass, (Austrostipa elegantissma), ground cover banksia, (Banksia
dallaneyii), Coastal honeymyrtle, (Melaleuca systena), Chenille honeymyrtle,
( Melaleuca hueglii) and of course the beautiful red cockies tongue
The burnt dead shrubs, although added fuel load, reduce windspeed, provide
dappled shade for emerging plants and are a place for birds to perch. By the
time the plants have grown up, these dead shrubs will have broken up.
A build up of organic matter over the years in sheltered positions has meant
we have pink fairy orchids once again in Buckland Hill.
Lets make this area a beautiful place once again to walk and admire the view
to Rottnest Island.
B.Hill biodiverse area.JPG