Diverse waterland wildlife worth preserving
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.