On nature discovery trail

Teacher Michelle Parker and LWP senior project manager Alf Lay with students Maddie Phillips, Emily Knowles and William Watson.
Teacher Michelle Parker and LWP senior project manager Alf Lay with students Maddie Phillips, Emily Knowles and William Watson.

Year 4 students walked a woodland trail in LWP Property Group’s Trinity at Alkimos estate, which was created with Bamford Consulting Ecologists’ Mandy Bamford.

Ms Bamford said the education package and website highlighted the value of banksia woodland and the creatures that live in it.

‘There is an exciting opportunity to create suburbs that encourage native wildlife by protecting urban bushland and planting local plants in gardens,’ she said.

‘Access to knowledge through initiatives such as the Agora Bushwalk and education package means schools, community groups and residents could provide vital food sources to species such as the Carnaby’s black cockatoo.

‘The species is endangered, but will happily feed in gardens and parks where suitable native plants are growing.

‘Other smaller species such as splendid fairy wrens, fence skinks, bobtail skinks, frogs and native insects may also be encouraged with appropriate gardens.’

The education package, which will be launched early next year, includes a range of projects, fact sheets and educational videos that schools can use during a visit to Trinity’s banksia woodlands.

Senior project manager Alf Lay said it gave the developer an opportunity to work with ecologists, teachers and the community.

‘This is a stand-alone educational resource that will benefit schools and communities in other areas of coastal sand-plain around Perth, not just those at Trinity,’ Mr Lay said.

While they explore the interactive bushwalk, students from years 3 to 10 will be able to find out more about the flora and fauna by using a smart phone to scan the QR codes and NFC tags that have been included in signage along the walk.

A website has discussion topics, investigations, puzzles and resources such as checklists for spotting birds, insects, animals and flowers.