Way cleared for Men’s Shed
EARTHWORKS will go ahead for a new Bassendean Men’s Shed after a fauna assessment report said it would have minimal effect on a magpie colony.
Ten trees, including high bush, sheoak and gum trees that range from 3m to 15m in height, will be lost as part of the development on May Holman Drive.
Experts were on the site last Thursday and Friday to assess trees earmarked for removal on the corner of May Holman Drive and Railway Parade.
The inspection on Friday morning found a completed nest and a magpie building a nest, both in trees scheduled to be retained.
One nest was empty and the nest being built was still in very early stages.
The Town of Bassendean had halted the removal of the trees pending the results of the reassessment.
Chief executive officer Peta Mabbs said the earthworks were now scheduled for this week.
The magpie seen constructing a nest on the site could be either preparing for a late first clutch or a second clutch. If the existing nest is not occupied and works start before the second nest is completed, the birds will leave the area during earthworks, the report said.
Ms Mabbs said the Town was mindful of the birds’ presence and wanted to ensure minimal impact on any fauna.
Last week volunteer bird rescuers and local residents Graeme King and Marlene Smith said in a joint statement magpies were territorial and would be attacked if moved into another group’s territory.
“Removing the trees and building a large shed with a tarmac carpark the size of the average house block will turn a diverse bush oasis into a hot sterile area devoid of birds,” they said.
“We feel that both the shed and trees can co-exist and were hoping a compromise could be found.
“Spring is also the breeding season so is the worst time to clear trees.”
Bassendean Men’s Shed secretary Clive Brown said the group always wanted to be protective of bird species and appreciated trees.