BIRDS and native plant species have returned to an East Cannington wetland once choked with weeds and bulrushes.
Thanks to a $40,000 State Government grant provided to the Friends of Queens Park Bushland three years ago, the Black Creek wetland, located off Station Road, is thriving.
The 9ha parcel of remnant bushland now cleared of bulrushes and weeds is home to a variety of native plant species and animals including the south-western snake-necked turtle and the lesser long-eared bat.
It is a great place for bird watchers, with 103 bird species identified as frequenting the bushland.
The Friends of Queens Park Bushland is a community group of volunteers whose aim is to protect, regenerate and revegetate the bushland where the suburbs of Queens Park, East Cannington and Welshpool intersect.
The group has worked hard over recent years to protect the natural areas of the Queens Park regional open space.
East Cannington resident and Friends group chairwoman Sian Mawson helped establish the group 25 years ago, and said water birds had returned to the lake and she was hopefully for the reappearance of native orchids in the bushland.
“It is heartening we have been able to save and enhance this particular area,” she said.
“It is a refuge not only for wild life but also for people.”
Ms Mawson said there was as strong local desire to protect remnant bushland.
“The grasses smothered the ground so that nothing could grow and the bulrushes completely covered the water surface of the lake so much so that the water was not available for birds to use,” she said.
With the support of the grant she said a contractor was engaged to supplement the hundreds of hours of labour that Friends group volunteers provide each year.
“John Lodge, and his team from LandcareWeed Control, care for the bushland as much as we do,” she said.
“They have been up to their chests in muddy water and worked in stifling heat on more than one occasion as they cleared our lakes of bulrushes.
“We want future generations to be able to enjoy the full suite of plants and animals in the bushland. Therefore it is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the natural environment from threats like weeds.”
To join Friends of Queens Park Bushland email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the flora and fauna that inhabit local bushland visit www.friendsofqueensparkbushland.org.au.