Opinion: EcoCheck of Perth’s Banksia woodlands in the path of the sprawling city

June 7, 2016

Perth's Banksia Woodlands are under threatThe march of urban development over the Banksia woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plain has been a constant threat to thousands of unique species.

In an article for The Conversation, PhD student William Fowler has teamed up with researchers from three WA universities and Kings Park to provide an EcoCheck for our State’s Banksia Woodlands.

The piece outlines how Banksia Woodlands have been reduced to a scattering of suburban remnants in Perth, which is one of the world’s most sprawling cities.

The researchers argue that is it critical to maintain a connected network of woodland remnants across the metropolitan region, so that pollinating insects, birds and animals can move freely throughout the habitat.

This timely reminder has arrived just as the WA government has proposed the Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan, which will, if approved, result in the loss of a further 9,800 ha of Banksia woodlands.

The Federal Government is currently assessing whether to add these Banksia woodlands to its list of threatened ecological communities, which would pave the way for a coordinated program to help protect them.

You can read more here.

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