Celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity
Celebrate with a Guided Walk…
Visit Neerabup National Park which is a connector for biodiversity but is under pressure from development in the Northern corridor.
Join the UBC sponsored guided walk of the Neerabup National Park lead by members of the Quinns Rocks Environmental Group (QREG) on Sunday 31 May. You will explore the Tuart and Jarrah Woodlands to Open Forests. You will also observe the fauna underpasses installed two years ago as a mitigation measure for Neerabup Road dissecting the widest section of the National Park.
We are limiting places to 10 participants per session to meet the COVID-19 safety requirements for physical distancing. If you cannot attend after making a registration, please cancel your registration.
There are 3 identical sessions. You can register for your preferred time via Eventbrite at the links below or from the UBC Events page
Session 1: 9.30-11.30am Register here.
or Session 2: 10.30am-12.30pm Register here.
or Session 3: 2.00-4.00pm Register here.
Please meet at 10th Light Horse Heritage Trail car park in Wanneroo Road, Neerabup, just north of Neerabup Road.
We recommend that you wear closed shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring insect repellent as ticks are common. Also bring along water and light refreshment or lunch. If you plan to have your lunch at the site, bring your camping chair too. No dogs, thank you.
Neerabup National Park
Neerabup National Park (Bush Forever Area 383) is a wonderful example of biodiversity of this part of the Swan Coastal Plain. It stretches over 12 km from NW to SE between Yellagonga Regional Park and Yanchep National Park. And it is also the only East-West ecological linkage traversing the full suite of Swan Coastal Plain vegetation complexes in the North Metropolitan region. .
In addition, the Park is a place of cultural heritage. The Yaberoo Budjara Heritage Trail is based on local Whadjuk Noongar elder Yellagonga’s tribe’s movement. Europeans later used the trail as a stock route. Then during WWI, the Park was home to the 10th Light Horse regiment.
Neerabup National Park was originally gazetted in 1965 for the purpose of ‘National Park’. The conservation significance of this area has been recognised many times. This includes its designation as Bush Forever Area 383 and EPA recommendations to add lands to the National Park boundary following its assessment of MRS Amendments 992/33 in 2000. However, the EPA recommendations are yet to be finalised. While we wait, major road projects that adversely impact the National Park continue to be approved. Considering the narrow, elongated shape of the national park, sensitive and adaptive management of this significant biodiversity asset is critical.
International Day for Biological Diversity 22 May
You can find further information about the International Day for Biological Diversity here. Its 2020 Theme is: Our solutions are in nature. This theme emphasizes hope, solidarity and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature.