Yippee it’s Spring!

Wow that felt like a long winter! Spring has been in the air for most of August and now its here! Spring means so much – more stunning wildflowers, birds arriving for summer stays, birds looking gorgeous in their breeding plumage and the bush looks super with all those beautiful flowers and gorgeous brightly coloured birds.

Prickley Hovea (Hovea pungens) bringing beautifully bright colour in late August 2021 at John Forrest National park.

All the social media seems to be full of fantastic wildflowers with many locals heading north where the amazing everlastings are literally colouring the country in white, yellow and pink! Luckily for us in Perth that means that the wave of colour is arriving here in Perth! A few months ago social media was lighting up with the colours of the Kimberly and Pilbara, now its the Gasgoyne, Northern Wheatbelt, Northern Goldfields and eastern Goldfields. The wave of colour will roll all the way into the deep south west of Australia before Christmas.

Masses of Swan River Daisy see on tour with Kathy and Doug at the begining of September 2021

Every patch of bush has a nice variety of flowers showing in central, eastern and southern WA in spring! Including in and all around the suburbs in Perth.

Granite Boronia (Boronia cymosa) bringing delicate pink to the Darling Scarp. Photographed in late August 2021.

It will make you feel better to walk down the road to your nearest patch of bush and really look at the flowers. Get down and smell them. Look for Spring Green Beetles in the Wattles (Acacia species) and Buttercups (Hibbertia species).

A green shiny beetle in yellow Acacia flowers.
Spring Green Beetles (Diphucephala species) in Prickly Moses (Acacia pulchella) shine bright and reflect different colours when they move!

Of course, we are more than happy to take you on a Wildflower Tour to show you some super places!

Bright orange flowers
Orange Stars (Hibbertia stellaris) is just starting to emerge near Manjimup. It looks like the road side is on fire!

Just get outdoors, feel the warmth of the sun, smell the wildflowers and listen to those marvelous birds! Spring will disappear before we know it!

Numbat!

Numbats are an Australian endemic and endangered species with an estimated population of less than 1000 individuals. They were once found in five Australian states but massive declines in the population has resulted in them now only being found in a small part of Western Australia. These gorgeous critters deserve our respect and protection!

A Numbat searching for food.

The closest places to Perth where you are likely to see a Numbat are in Drandra Woodland Reserve and Boyagin Rock. These are a few hours drive from Perth. But before you hit the road I recommend having a good look at the information on the Project Numbat Website. The good people at Project Numbat are raising funds to help research and conserve the species as well as rise community awareness. They have some absolutely adorable products on their website shop so that you can also help raise funds for this important work! You can also become a member and give them a donation. All these things will assist with protecting some of the most amazing and beautiful characters on the planet!

Numbats eat termites, termites and only termites! They are pretty small and measure from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail about 32 to 50 cm. But they have a comparatively long and thin tongue that is about 10 cm long so they can lick up termites out of logs, dirt etc.

A less cropped photo gives a better idea of the Numbat’s small size.

Numbats are carniverous marsupials but feeds during the day. This is very unusual for marsupials. It means that you can see these from Perth on a day trip. But their small size and small population make them not the easiest to find. I spent a full day driving from Perth to see this Numbat from my car for about 2 to 3 minutes. Watching them from a car enables you to see the Numbat going about it’s business without frightening it. Stressing animals is not the aim of enjoying natures wonders!

Numbat foraging for termites.

Numbats only come together as a pair to breed. So mainly you will only see one at a time.

A Numbat digging for termites near a log.