City of Kwinana celebrates its local flora and fauna in honour of biodiversity month

Tyra PetersSound Telegraph
Snake-necked turtle.
Camera IconSnake-necked turtle. Credit: Anthony Santoro

The City of Kwinana will host a series of events during National Biodiversity Month to highlight the amazing plants and animals that call Kwinana home.

This September marks National Biodiversity Month with this year’s focus on celebrating and promoting the protection, conservation and improvement of biodiversity within Australia.

Mayor Carol Adams said in the lead up to biodiversity month, an information session about tracking turtles was held to show people how to spot turtle tracks and lodge these in the Turtle Sat app.

“Kwinana is currently part of a major program being rolled out across the South West to gather more population data and understand how the snake-necked turtle species are faring,” she said.

“This will help us prevent the collapse of the population. We are encouraging people to sign up for turtle tracker training which begins on 13 September.”

Biodiversity Month events in Kwinana will include a wildflower walk through Orelia’s Wildflower Reserve on Sunday, 18 September.

“The beautiful wildflower walk will include a message stick activity ‘Boorna Waangkin’ run by artist Noelene Raegan and an outdoor exhibition of pictures of jumping spiders, including the common peacock spider, discovered locally by the late Harry De Jong,” Ms Adams said.

“People can also enjoy Breakfast with the Birds to learn how to identify local bird species including the migratory rainbow bee-eater which visits Kwinana over the summer months, its distinctive call filling the air at the beginning of October.”

The popular Nightstalk will again take place at the Belgravia Dampland in Bertram.

For more information about National Biodiversity Month, visit

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