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.

  • Local planting for National Tree Day

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    9 days ago

    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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    about 1 month ago

    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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    about 1 month ago

    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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    about 2 months ago

    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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    3 months ago

    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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    3 months ago

    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.

  • Green your garden

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    3 months ago

    Throughout May 2020 the City and APACE Nursery are offering all City of Fremantle residents native plants for your private property at the subsidised price of $35 per pack.

    Each pre-selected pack contains 20 various species best suited to Fremantle conditions. Residents can purchase up to two packs per household (giving you a whopping 40 new individual plants for your property!). You can check what's in each pack on the APACE Nursery website.

    Be quick as plants are limited. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the collection of packs will be different this year. To find how to get your pack read the full story by clicking here or visit: www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/news-and-media/green-your-garden-subsidised-plants