Blitz to uncover York plants and wildlife

The hunt will soon be on to find as many native wildlife and plant species during a rapid 24-hour Bioblitz near York in October.

Natural resource management group Wheatbelt NRM is looking for 100 volunteers to help audit a 200-hectare patch of bush land just west of the town.

Past Bioblitz’s have uncovered rare and endangered animals including Woylies, a newly discovered species of skink and evidence of the conservation dependent Western Mouse.

Wheatbelt NRM’s Leigh Whisson said this Bioblitz was hoping to discover Red-tailed Phascogales, Brush-tailed Possums and numerous flowering orchids.

“We want to investigate what inhabits the Wandoo woodland in the pristine Oswald Sergeant Reserve, six kilometres west of York,” Leigh Whisson said.

“We’re looking for enthusiastic conservationists both young and old, amateur biologists and ecologists to help carry out the audit.

“Teams will have access to scientists who specialise in invertebrates, flora, reptiles and birds.”

Past Bioblitz’s have been held near Toodyay and Tarin Rock.

“These events give the scientific and general community the chance to interact and improve outcomes for the management of private and public bush land,” Leigh Whisson said.

“We can use the information to help fund numerous projects through the Australian government’s National Landcare Programme.”

Families are also encouraged to come along and help their children explore the woodland.

The event will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of October.

For more information contact Leigh Whisson from Wheatbelt NRM on 0488 900 297 or register online at lwhisson@wheatbeltnrm.org.au