Baigup Wetland Interest Group to conduct fauna survey at Bayswater wetlands


Roesmary Lynch, Paul Adair and Penny Lee. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d473553
Roesmary Lynch, Paul Adair and Penny Lee. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d473553

BAIGUP Wetland Interest Group co-ordinator Penny Lee says an upcoming fauna survey will preserve the future of the wildlife at the wetlands located along the Swan River in Bayswater.

The group will hold three community workshops leading up to the survey in November, which has been funded by the State Natural Resource Management and will be conducted by environmental consultants Natural Area.

The workshops will feature a Wadjuk Noongar Connection to Country and demonstration of equipment and techniques used in fauna surveys, a night wildlife spotting walk and a bird walk.

Baigup Wetlands is home to about 96 bird species, turtles, frogs, lizards, snakes, insects and foxes.

Ms Lee said the weeklong survey would be the “first of its nature” and aimed to quantify how many species exist in the wetlands.

“Natural Area will be using night vision cameras and some of our people will help review the footage to see what kind of animals we have got,” she said.

“The things that we are worried about is that we definitely have foxes and they not only eat everybody’s chooks but eat a lot of baby birds.

“We are looking for invertebrates that are in the water and mud that could be little worms.”

Group member Paul Adair said the group would be purchasing its own trial cameras to monitor the wetlands.

Mr Adair said there could be an opportunity for more flora and fauna to return to the site.

Fellow member Rosemary Lynch said once the survey was completed, the group would form a management plan for the fauna.

The next workshop will be held on September 16.

For more information, contact Ms Lee at baigup@iinet.net.au.

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