Donkey, cowslip, milkmaids and bacon-and-eggs

Main points:
  • It’s Djilba and that means wildflowers! We’ve organised several events to help you discover local haunts where you can see native wildflowers right here in Cockburn
  • It’s Biodiversity Month in September and the school holidays in October. Explore our events to learn more about Cockburn’s biodiversity and why preserving it is everyone’s business.
Donkey, cowslip, milkmaids and bacon-and-eggs.

These are just some of the wildflowers beginning to emerge in the City of Cockburn’s vast nature reserves and Bush Forever sites.

Wildflowers are an annual feature in our wetland and coastal areas and the focus of several low-cost events the City has organised for Biodiversity Month this September and the October school holidays.

Available until 8 October, the City's Sustainability and Climte Change team has created a free self-guided Pop-up Wildflower Walk in Aubin Grove.

The 1km loop trail features 27 signs featuring fun facts and prompts about wildflowers.

The signed trail is in place at Banksia Eucalypt Woodland Reserve, with parking at Blue Mountain Circuit in Aubin Grove.

While there are no toilets at this reserve, there are some close by at Harvest Lakes Shopping Centre on the corner of Gibbs and Lyons roads in Atwell.

A Nature Discovery Day will also be held at Tangle Park, at the Banksia Eucalypt Woodland Reserve, 8.30am-3pm on Wednesday 4 October featuring a variety of free or low-cost activities.

These include a Guided Community Nature Walk or a Boodjar Biddi (bush track Guided Cultural Walk), a Nature Storytime Trek for 2-5 years, and a Nearer to Nature experience for 7-12 years.

Find out more about the Nature Discovery Day and how to book tickets on the City’s website.

City of Cockburn Acting Sustainability and Climate Change Coordinator Rafeena Boyle said the wildflower events meant people did not need to travel outside the metro area to enjoy the annual Djilba wildflower displays.

“These homegrown low-cost expeditions into nature are an opportunity to see what appear to be ordinary shrubs most of the year, transform into a riot of colour and food for birds and insects each Djilba or spring season,” Ms Boyle said.

“The City has arranged these events to help people familiarise with our many bushland beauty spots, with wildflowers turning them from secret gems to places you can share with family and friends and will want to return to every year.”

More information about Cockburn’s conservation reserves and wetlands is available at the City’s website.

Banksia Eucalypt Woodland Reserve:
This large reserve is in the suburb of Aubin Grove. This Bush Forever site is part of Jandakot Regional Park. It is biologically diverse and contains a variety of native flora and fauna.  

Captions: These photos were taken by members of the City of Cockburn’s bushland teams: Diuris magnifica (donkey orchid) Credit: Brad Durrant and Gastrolobium capitatum (bacon-and-eggs) Credit: Drew Smoker. 

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