Wildlife Enhancement Plan 2014 - 2019
The city’s Wildlife Enhancement Plan 2014 – 2019 details a number of actions to enhance wildlife conservation and address risks such as climate change, feral and domestic animals, and plant pathogens. The plan includes 24 actions to implement over the next four years, and is unique in Western Australia in that it is the first time a local government has taken a whole of city approach to wildlife management.
The city is lucky to have a diverse range of wildlife within the urban area for everyone to experience and enjoy. Over 70 native mammal, bird, amphibian and reptile species have been recorded in Subiaco area, with additional species identified as new research and monitoring is undertaken.
A hard copy of the plan is available at the Subiaco Library, or download a copy here (PDF, 4MB).
Wildlife in Wetlands
Wetlands provide a significant habitat for breeding, and a food source for local animals. There are two wetlands located within the city, including Lake Mabel Talbot in Jolimont and Lake Jualbup in Shenton Park. The constructed lake at Subiaco Common also provides a valuable habitat for waterbirds. The lakes have significant ecological value and support a number of species including long-neck turtles, waterbirds, frogs, fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates.
The seasonal drying of the lake sustains a balanced fauna population. Water birds naturally move to more permanent water sources as the lake level drops and turtles bury themselves in the mud until the lake refills with the winter rains. The natural wetland cycle of filling in winter then drying out over summer reduces the incidence of botulism and weed infestation, kills off exotic fish species introduced to the lake, and increases native fauna diversity.
It is important for park visitors to observe the 'No feeding' signs located around the lake. Feeding the wildlife encourages an artificially high fauna population, which is unsustainable. The water quality also deteriorates quickly as the nutrient levels rise quicker than if the lake had a natural, balanced level of fauna. Birds and other wildlife drinking from the drying pools become sick from botulism and some die as a result.
Early January each year, adult female turtles leave the safety of water in search of suitable sandy soils to lay their eggs. In their search for suitable nesting sites turtles often cross busy roads, resulting in many being injured or killed. Following the incubation period, which can vary according to weather conditions, hatchlings then have to find their way across the same busy roads back to the lake. This occurs between June and August each year. To reduce the number of these animals being injured and killed on local roads you can help by driving carefully and keeping a watch for wildlife on the road.
If you find an injured animal please contact the Department of Conservation and Land Management’s wildlife enquiries on (08) 9334 0224 or the Native Animal Rescue Centre on (08) 9249 3434 for advice or directions to your nearest wildlife care centre.
For more information about possums, please visit the Department of Parks and Wildlife website.
Feral animal observations
Community members are encouraged to report sightings to the city using the feral animal observation sheet below. This will help the city identify problem areas and assist to locate and control fox dens and rabbit burrows.
Download the feral animal observation sheet (Word doc, 364KB).
More information about feral animals can be found on the pest and insect control page.