Biodiversity

Woodman Point Regional Park is made up of many different ecosystems. These ecosystems are home to unique plants and animals that make the park an important conservation area.

The large Tuart trees that tower over the park's trails are some of the rarest trees on Earth! Tuart forests once covered much of the Perth Metropolitan area. Looking at these beautiful trees is almost like looking back into the past. Rottnest tea trees also grow here, which have been identified as a threatened ecological community.

An array of wildlife have been seen in this location including the peregrine falcon and lined skink. There also a thriving population of quenda that live in the shrubbery on the coastline of Woodman Point Beach.

There are local and migratory birds galore to look out for at Woodman Point Regional Park. In fact, a total of 93 species has been recorded at Woodman Point. Of these, 36 species are shore-birds and other waterbirds.

Some of the permanent residents include shore-birds like the Caspian Tern and Pied Cormorant, and bush-birds including Weebills and Splendid Fairy wrens.

Cockburn Sound is an important seagrass meadow that is home to lots of different species of fish including pink snapper which come in at certain times of the year to breed.

The sound is also home to sharks and rays and marine mammals like dolphins and sea lions. The sound has even been visited by manta rays and whale sharks who normally live in warmer water in the state’s north.

  • <p>Tuart Trees (Eucalyptus gomphocephala)</p> <p>This image shows a lock-up of three boxes, two square in size and one rectangle, with the three creating a square. The first smaller image shows the buds that grow on a Tuart Tree. They grow in groups of seven (7) and are green in colour. </p><p>The second smaller image, sitting underneath the first, is another photograph of the buds growing on a Tuart Tree. These buds are green with brown markings, showing aging. </p><p>The third photo is rectangle and stretches the length of the two smaller images. This is a photograph of a Tuart Tree, showing that it grows up to 40 metres high. The thick bark is brown and the leaves are green. </p><p>Underneath the lock-up is a black background with white writing. On the left it reads, Eucalyptus gomphocephala. On the right it reads, Photo: R. Davis</p>
  • <p>Rottnest Tea Tree (Melaleuca lanceolata)  </p> <p>This image is another lock-up of four different boxes, each featuring a photo of the Rottnest Tea Tree. </p><p>The first image shows the white/cream flowers that grow in cylinder shaped groupings. Small green leaves grow on the same stem. </p><p>The second image, smallest in size, shows a Rottnest Tea Tree that is not yet in flower. The cluster of nuts are small and brown in colour. They are the same cylinder shape grouping as the first image shows. </p><p>The third image is the same size as the second and is a photograph of multiple flowers on the Rottnest Tea Tree in bloom. </p><p>The final image, which stretches across the second and third to form a square, is a photograph taken at a distance overlooking a Rottnest Tea Tree. It shows that it is a small tree or a shrub. </p><p>The bark is black and stringy, with long green leaves. </p><p>Underneath the lock-up is a black background with white writing. On the left it reads, Melaleuca lanceolata. On the right it reads, Photos: K. Richardson &amp; K.R. Thiele</p>
  • <p>Hairy Spinifex (Spinifex hirsutus)</p> <p>This is a lock-up of three diferent boxes, each featuring a photo of the Hairy Spinifex. </p><p>The largest box, to the right of the lock-up is a photo of the Hairy Spinifex from a distance. The plant grows on white sand, with the blue water of the ocean behind it. The Hairy Spinifex is a long-creeping grass with thin green stems. </p><p>The second box to the left of the first is smaller in size. It shows the stems of a Hairy Spinifex. In this image, the stems range in thickness and colour. The stems in this photo are green and brown. </p><p>Underneath this is the third box which is the same size as the second. It shows the Hairy Spinifex growing in a group. The grass is long and is brown, green and light green in colour. </p><p>Underneath the lock-up is a black background with grey writing. On the left it reads, Spinifex hirsutus. On the right it reads, Photos: C. Hortin &amp; K. McCreery. </p>

Biodiversity

  • <p>Peregrine Falcon</p> <p>This photo is a close-up shot of a Peregrine Falcon. It has a white neck and breast, with black spots throughout its body. The feathers on its black are grey, blue and white. It has beady black eyes and a yellow beak. Its large yellow feet and black claws are resting on a brown rock.</p>
  • <p>Quenda</p> <p>This image was taken of a happy Quenda, resting on a bed of tree branches and clovers. The quenda is brown with black speckles, and has a white stomach. It has small black eyes, small circle ears, and a small brown nose. You can see its pink tongue in its mouth as it looks directly at the camera. </p>
  • <p>Pied cormorant</p> <p>This is a photograph of a pied cormorant sitting on white sand. The bird has black feathers on its back, and white feathers on its face, neck and stomach. Its eyes are small and black, and it has a long yellow beak. There is green shrubbery in the background and the blue sky above. </p>
  • <p>Dolphin</p> <p>This is a photograph of a grey dolphin swimming in the blue ocean. Dolphins are commonly seen swimming in the Woodman Point beach. </p>
  • <p>Manta Ray</p> <p>This underwater photograph was taken of a Manta Ray swimming in the ocean. The Manta Ray is grey in colour and has a white stomach. Its wide arms are above its body, and it has a long tail. Manta Rays have been seen here at Woodman Point beach. </p>
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