How is Buckland Hill fairing two years after being burnt?

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 (Templetonia retusa).

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.

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Now how did our Minim Cove Planting Day go on Sunday 8th June 2014

Sun out, the help poured in from Scotch college! The rain waited for nightfall! What a great way to plant!


In one and a half hours, locals with 50 Scotch students and parents planted 750 local plants! This adds to the work already started 5 years ago!


All help was gratefully received! Preschooler, Natalie Collier and her sister, Clara were eager to join  the planting team once again!


The photo shows the remnant Grevillea thelmanianna patches where a diversity of plants were planted around them to provide a diversity of habitat for our wildlife and increase the link from one lot of bushland to another.


Someone’s jumper thrown over the location sign aptly made the area Minim Cove ark. Quite fitting as this bushland just happens to be home to plants not found for some distance. In the Minim Cove ark we have one remnant huge quandong plant, 4 native spinach plants (Tetragonia tetragonoides), 6 native celery plants, a couple of native apricots (Pittosporum ligustrifolium) and a couple of Cyclops wattle, who’s seeds are edible.


This makes for quite a feast. If we keep planting here the river could be so healthy, there might be a fish to go with the above.







Sue Conlan

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