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Natural Areas

The City has a richness of flora and fauna, ranging from forests and heathlands on the Darling Scarp to bushland, rivers and wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain. Many areas are in secure conservation reserves, particularly on the Scarp, where National Parks and Regional Parks cover a large proportion of the area. Many natural areas on the Coastal Plain have been secured through the state government's Bush Forever policy.

Holmes Street Bushland North

Comprising 53.6 hectares, the Holmes Street Bushland North site is considered significant among the areas of high biodiversity conservation value within the City.

Lander Swamp

Lander Swamp is a seasonally inundated wetland surrounded by urban development. It provides an important refuge for local fauna and is a key biodiversity asset of the area.

Shreeve Road Reserve Wetland

The Shreeve Road Reserve Wetland is a seasonal wetland located between Waterperry Drive and Shreeve Road in Canning Vale. This large wetland exists in a completely urbanised catchment and is large enough to provide habitat for bandicoots and supports a substantial diversity of bird life. With mush of the area considered to be in pristine condition, this location contains some of the most valuable bushland in the City.

Rushton Road Woodland

Located within the Ellis Brook Valley management area, the Rushton Road Woodland is a particularly unique area, being a remnant of the Forrestfield Vegetation Complex, whose flora is of special significance.

Greater Brixton Street Wetlands

The Greater Brixton Street Wetlands are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the Swan Coastal Plain.

Mary Carroll Park wetlands

One of the City’s most important wetlands, Mary Carroll Park wetlands provides important roosting, breeding and summer refuge habitat for waterbirds.

Tom Bateman Reserve Bushland

Tom Bateman Reserve Bushland is considered significant among the City’s areas of high biodiversity conservation value. The regionally significant bushland is a part of Bush Forever Site 456.

Gosnells Golf Course Bushland

Located within the Gosnells Golf Course grounds, the Gosnells Golf Course Bushland is one of the City's highest priority biodiversity management sites. It includes areas of wetland vegetation communities and Banksia attenuata – B. menziesii woodland.

Ellis Brook Valley

Acknowledged as the richest wildflower location in the Perth Metropolitan Area, and one of the best waterfalls, Ellis Brook Valley has picnic, barbecue and toilet facilities for visitors.

Hume Road Wildlife Reserve

The only window into the pre-development landscape of Thornlie, the Hume Road Wildlife Reserve encompasses wetland, Banksia woodland and Marri woodland, and is a haven for birds.

Nicholson Road Wetlands

Of high conservation value, the Nicholson Road Wetlands in Canning Vale provide a window into the past with a relatively undisturbed environment and a high diversity of plants and animals.

Comrie Road Wetland

Comrie Road wetland is identified as a high priority site for conservation management by the City and provides an important vegetation remnant amongst a highly developed area.

Management of conservation areas

The City manages almost 40 natural areas of varying size and biodiversity value, ranging from the 600 hectare Ellis Brook Valley to small areas of several hundred square metres.

Natural area management plans

The City has a process of detailed planning for the management of its natural areas.

Planning for conservation

Wetlands are particularly numerous on the Swan Coastal Plain portion of the City.

Community volunteers

The City works in close partnership with a number of 'Friends' groups in the management of some natural areas.