Welcome to October, 2019 News  
Find out about the latest news and up and coming events. Highlights of our Spring walk and removal of weeds in October by our wonderful volunteers from the bushland. Join in the fun for the Warwick Family 5k run/walk and a talk at the Spring Open day at the Hamersley Habitat Community Garden. 
In this issue :
  • Orchids appear after Fires
  • Spring Walk Discoveries
  • Weeds and seeds
  • Warwick Family 5k  
  • Web of Life and Hamersley Habitat Community Garden

Orchids Appear After Fires

Pyrorchis emerging after firePyrorchis nigricans plant
The red beak orchid (Pyrorchis nigricans) is an iconic Australian orchid that only flowers after fire (with rare exceptions). This widespread orchid grows in both eastern and western Australia. It has the genus name Pyrorchis due to its fire-flowering response and its species name nigricans refers to the black colour of dried flowers and leaves. One to eight flowers are produced on a short stalk in late winter and early spring. They are red and white in colour and shaped like a bird’s beak, as shown above.
The red beak orchid grows in many habitats from almost full sun, where flat round leaves as small as a 50-cent coin are produced, to dense shade in forests, where leaves are very much larger. One of the common names for this orchid: elephants’ ears only applies to the shade form. This orchid produces multiple tubers each year and this results large colonies, some of which are likely to live for thousands of years. These tubers were an important food plant for aboriginal people, but are now protected from harvesting or picking like all wildflowers. This is one of the commonest orchids in Warwick, but flowers have been infrequently observed. This year was an exception because many plants flowered in two areas following last year’s fires. They have also produced some large seed pods, so perhaps a new generation of plants will now grow following dispersal of seed to new habitats.

Spring Walk Discoveries 

Spring walk 2019 Mark Spring walk group 2019
On a beautiful Spring day on September 8th, 2019 an enthusiastic group of children and people were guided by Mark Brundrett and Karen Clarke on a walk into the Jarrah Trail of the Warwick Bushland. Everyone was delighted to discover a range of stunning native plants in flower such as Anigozanthos mangelsii (red and green kangaroo paws),Thelmitra macrophylla (sun orchids),Hybanthus calycinus (native violets) and the delightful Pyrochis nigricans (red beak orchids) which had flowered after the control burn. 
Everyone enjoyed the delicious afternoon tea provided by Stephanie and Lynda. 

Weeds and Seeds

Pig face pest Pigface (Carpobrotus edulis)

A big thank you to everyone who came on Sunday, 13th October, 2019 to assist in removing forty bags of weeds from an area where 200 plants were planted last June, 2019. Removing these weeds assists in reducing the impact they would have in the bushland. 


The Warwick Family 5k

pixie mop petrophile linearis

On Saturday 9 November 2019 at 9:00am

Location: Whitford Hockey Club
86 Lloyd Dr, Warwick, WA 6024

The 5k will be an urban trail run starting from Whitfords Hockey Club in Warwick, Western Australia. Come run, jog, or walk with your family and friends knowing that all profits from this event will go to support Compassion Australia. This is a community event so after the run stick around, grab a coffee, or have a bite from one of our food vans. We will have some fun and games for the kids too! The Warwick Family 5K is organised by On Mission Games in support of Compassion Australia.
Friends of Warwick Bushland would like some volunteers to assist in manning some stations along the trails.
If you would like to volunteer register below on the trybooking link and mention you are from Friends of Warwick Bushland. 
Register here for this fun event

Web of Life

web of Life sign
One of our recently installed signs displays the many ways that plants and animals of a bushland ecosystem are connected. This connection also applies to what we do in our gardens that affects the biodiversity of our community.
At the annual Family Spring Open Day of the Hamersley Community Garden, Lynda Woodhams from Friends of Warwick Bushland will give a presentation on encouraging and protecting beneficial bugs into our gardens and how it relates to the condition of our local bushlands.
Come along and visit this beautiful garden and enjoy the activities.
On Saturday 2nd November, 2019 from 10am to 2pm.
Spring open day Hamersley Habitiat Community Garden  

Kambaran—Wildflower Season (Season of Birth)
October - November

Longer dry periods

During the Kambarang season, we see an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us. The yellows of many of the Acacias continue to abound, along with one of the most striking displays of flowers to be seen during this season will be the "Mooja", or Australian Christmas Tree (Nuytsia). The bright orange/yellow flowers serve to signal the heat is on its way.

For the animals, October is also the most likely time young families of birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them. Koolbardies (Magpies) will also be out protecting their nests and their babies.
To learn more about this season see here


Nuytsai floribunda

Spring has all sorts of surprises with stunning plants and birds visiting in the Warwick Bushland Conservation Reserve. 

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