Wanneroo Times

Diverse waterland wildlife worth preserving

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YELLAGONGA Regional Park, which extends 13km from Hepburn Avenue to Joondalup Drive, is jointly managed by the Department of Biodiversi­ty, Conservati­on and Attraction­s and cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo.

Wanneroo manages areas totalling about 50ha, while Joondalup manages about 13ha and DBCA is responsibl­e for the balance of 1400ha park.

Community groups including Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park and Woodvale Waters Friends of Beenyup Channel Group also contribute to conservati­on of the wetland chain.

The draft Yellagonga Integrated Catchment Management Plan 2021-26 said wildlife inhabitant­s included south-western snake-necked turtles, seven snake species, 15 lizard species and seven frog species.

Western grey kangaroos, quenda, brushtail possums, native water-rats or rakali, microbats, western brush wallabies and more than 120 bird species have also been recorded in the park.

“The park is important as a summer refuge and breeding habitat for many resident and trans-equatorial migratory water bird species,” the Yellagonga plan said.

 ?? Pictures: Gary Tate & David Baylis ?? A quenda, snake-necked turtle, slender tree frog, black monitor lizard and spinebill in Yellagonga Regional Park.
Pictures: Gary Tate & David Baylis A quenda, snake-necked turtle, slender tree frog, black monitor lizard and spinebill in Yellagonga Regional Park.
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