Wild About Freo

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Record and share your observations around Freo / Walyalup.


Whether you’re an expert, nature lover or you’ve just had more time recently to stop and smell the flowers, we want you to help observe and record what’s wild about Freo! We want to know what you find in your backyard or even when out exercising locally.

We have a variety of environments, from marine on our western border through to tall tuart, jarrah and marri trees at our eastern border in Sir Frederick Samson Park, one of our two bush forever sites. We even have an international flyway overhead!

Many of our plants and animals are found nowhere else. We’re located within the wider south-west WA global biodiversity hotspot, which means the area has over 1,500 vascular plants found nowhere else on earth (endemic) but has also lost over 70% of its primary native vegetation.


Get started! Head to our dedicated Wild About Freo project page on the iNaturalist platform where you can log in or sign up to record your finds. You can also seek advice from the community and aim to move up the leader board! Stay tuned for more news and tips on supporting local biodiversity.


Have fun but please ensure you follow the current health advice in relation to COVID19. For the latest information, visit the WA Department of Health website.


Record and share your observations around Freo / Walyalup.


Whether you’re an expert, nature lover or you’ve just had more time recently to stop and smell the flowers, we want you to help observe and record what’s wild about Freo! We want to know what you find in your backyard or even when out exercising locally.

We have a variety of environments, from marine on our western border through to tall tuart, jarrah and marri trees at our eastern border in Sir Frederick Samson Park, one of our two bush forever sites. We even have an international flyway overhead!

Many of our plants and animals are found nowhere else. We’re located within the wider south-west WA global biodiversity hotspot, which means the area has over 1,500 vascular plants found nowhere else on earth (endemic) but has also lost over 70% of its primary native vegetation.


Get started! Head to our dedicated Wild About Freo project page on the iNaturalist platform where you can log in or sign up to record your finds. You can also seek advice from the community and aim to move up the leader board! Stay tuned for more news and tips on supporting local biodiversity.


Have fun but please ensure you follow the current health advice in relation to COVID19. For the latest information, visit the WA Department of Health website.

  • Celebrating Aussie wildlife

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    05 Oct 2020
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    From October 5-11 we're commemorating Australian Wildlife Week! Each year during the first week of October, the Australian Wildlife Society encourages people all over the country to celebrate wildlife to foster a positive relationship between nature and humanity.

    We're also celebrating a massive 200 observations on the Wild About Freo iNaturalist platform! If you haven't already, jump over to iNaturalist and take a look at some of the impressive photos we've been enjoying - spiders and skinks, mushrooms and motorbike frogs, boxfish and banksias just to name a few.

    Thank you for all your submissions, and keep them coming.

    Image: Striped Pyjama Bottletail squid captured at North Mole, thanks to iNaturalist user timkarnasuta - you can see more of their observations at Wild About Freo iNaturalist.

  • The East Asian-Australasian Flyway

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    Western Australia is lucky enough to be part of the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, one of nine major migratory bird flyways in the world.

    In about September each year, hundreds of thousands of migratory birds begin to arrive in WA’s north and south west. These might include species like plovers, sandpipers, stints, curlews and snipes.

    These birds make round trip migrations of up to 26,000km per year between their summer breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere and their feeding areas in the south.

    Nearby Thomson's Lake is an official site under the Flyway Site Network, and other sites in the area are an important part of the flyway. Visit the Flyway's website to find out more about the types of species you could spot: eaaflyway.net/the-flyway/

    Image: A red-necked stint (breeding adult), (c) Neil Hayward, courtesy of ebird.org

  • Do you speak Froglish?

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    Keep your eyes and ears peeled - it's breeding season and the local frogs are out and about. They might be hard to spot but luckily they're easy to hear!

    If you've ever wanted to find out which species are in your backyard or local wetland, the WA Museum is here to help you learn to speak Froglish. Click here to go to their Frogwatch website where you can listen to some common frog calls, and then match them up with what you've heard on your walks.

    In the Fremantle area, listen especially for the Moaning Frog, Motorbike Frog and Western Banjo Frog. Ribbit!

    Image: Western Banjo Frog, B. Maryan (WA Museum website)

  • Observe and keep it beautiful

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    18 Aug 2020
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    Consider collecting more than photos on your observation walks this August - from August 17-23 it's Keep Australia Beautiful Week!

    This year’s theme is “Litter: Prevent the Spread”.

    The campaign is inspired by the unprecedented circumstances triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting lockdowns and restrictions across the country, and the public’s increased use of single-use items to prevent the spread of the virus. Keep Australia Beautiful is calling on all Australians this year not only to stay safe, but also to help prevent the spread of litter in our beautiful country.

    Find out more about how you can stop the spread at the Keep Australia Beautiful Website by clicking here or visiting kab.org.au

  • Local planting for National Tree Day

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    31 Jul 2020
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    National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event, this year landing on Sunday 2 August.

    The City is pleased to be working with the Friends of Samson Park group to help revegetate Sir Frederick Samson Park, the City's largest bush forever reserve!

    Grab your gardening gloves and join us for the Samson Park Community Planting Day from 10am on August 2 with help from SERCUL.

    Meet at the noticeboards on Sellinger Ave or go directly to the planting site, off McCombe St opposite the Samson Rec Centre. All ages are welcome!

    Please wear closed-in shoes. BYO water bottle, gardening gloves and a trowel (if you have one). Hot drinks and morning tea provided. For more information, visit facebook.com/events/657706534820421/

  • Greening Fremantle

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    07 Jul 2020
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    Did you know the City has a series of green links? Do you live on one? If so, we’d love to know what biodiversity you have in your backyard.

    A key initiative in the Greening Fremantle Strategy is to “Develop links that increase the amount of flora/vegetation and increase habitats for native fauna and encourage their movement between green spaces and to increase and improve biodiversity areas.”

    To find out if you live on a green link, check out the Green Links Map here or find it in Handy Documents.

  • Nature's pest control

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    25 Jun 2020
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    When we think of bats, we might think of the cave-dwelling, blood-sucking creepy critters from vampire movies. But bats are more common (and a lot cuter!) than you'd think! Australia has more than 90 species of bat and 70% of these are microbats.

    Most microbats eat insects, and some people call them 'nature's pest control' because of their voracious appetites. They can eat 40% of their own body weight in a night - that's several hundred insects per hour!

    These types of microbats make their way through the dark using echolocation, listening to the echoes from their high-pitched calls (which are usually too high for the human ear to detect).

    In Perth you can look out for the Lesser Long-eared Bat, White-striped Free-tailed Bats, Southern Forest Bays and Gould's Wattled Bats.

    Image: Lesser Long-eared Bat, photo by Pavel German

  • A biodiversity hotspot..

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    11 Jun 2020
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    June 5 is World Environment Day and the theme for 2020 is Biodiversity.

    The south west of WA is one of only 36 biodiversity hotspots in the world, covering the planet's most biologically rich, yet threatened regions. There are more than 7,200 different vascular plant species here and over 80% of them are endemic, which means they're found nowhere else on earth.

    We have more reptile species in Perth than any other urban area in the world, plus over 156 species of native birds and 15 amphibian species right on our back doorstep.

    Keep an eye out for some of our endemic species in your observations - jarrah & karri trees, many species of eucalypts and banksias, black cockatoos and marsupials like the honey possum can all be seen not too far from home.

  • Who's flying in Freo?

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    25 May 2020
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    Look to the skies - Our Natural Areas Maintenance Officer has put together a fantastic list of birds you can spot in Freo and surrounds, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned birder.

    To download the guide, click here or visit the document library.

    Thanks to user thebboys for this photo of some pink & grey galahs - head over to iNaturalist to see more observations and report your own!

  • Endangered Species Day - celebrating Banksia Woodlands

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    15 May 2020
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    It's Endangered Species Day and we're shining a spotlight on a local threatened ecological community - the Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain.

    What is a Banksia Woodland and why is it important?

    The Banksia Woodland community is unique type of woodland found only in the south west of WA, including around Perth. To identify Banksia Woodland you can start by looking for a prominent layer of Banksia plants and a diverse understorey with many wildflowers.

    Banksia Woodlands are an important habitat for over 20 other nationally threatened species such as Carnaby’s and forest red-tailed black cockatoos, chuditch (western quoll) and western ringtail possum; as well as many wildflowers unique to the south-west and other animals that depend on them, like the honey possum.

    The Woodlands provide ecosystem services like helping cool temperatures in the area, storing carbon, filtering and maintaining Perth's groundwater, helping reduce flooding, soil loss and pollution, and of course they are a beautiful place for people to bushwalk and enjoy nature.

    Why is this ecological community threatened?

    This community was once common around Perth on the Swan Coastal Plain but has been reduced by about 60%.

    Large amounts of this unique Banksia Woodland have been cleared and the remaining areas are very fragmented. This stops the migration of pollinators between the communities and leaves them vulnerable.

    They also face other threats such as dieback diseases, invasive species, changes to fire regimes, changes to groundwater levels, climate change and other disturbances.

    Find out more about our Banksia Woodlands and where to spot some by clicking here.