Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Being WA’s oldest national park, John Forrest is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Living up in the trees are 91 species of bird, including galahs, red wattlebirds, honeyeaters, blue fairy wrens and black cockatoos!

While many of the mammals here are nocturnal, you’re likely to see the western grey kangaroo hanging around the picnic area, or lounging in other areas of the park.

In lower-traffic areas, you might be lucky enough to spot an echidna or quenda.

Thick-tailed geckos, southern blind snakes and western brown snakes are among the 23 species of reptiles that live here.

And, if you’re close to the water, keep an ear out for one of the 10 species of frogs who might be hopping around!

  • <p>Banskia flower</p> <p>This photograph was taken of a banksia flower. The flower is dark and light pink, and has long green leaves. Behind the flower, there are brown tree branches leading to more banksia flowers. The blue sky can be seen though the tree branches and leaves. </p>
  • <p>Grevillea flower</p> <p>This photograph was taken of a Grevillea flower. The flower is bright yellow and red in colour, and sits on the tip of a plant with long green stems and leaves. The sky behind the flower is a dark blue colour. </p>
  • <p>Blue Leschenaultia</p> <p>This photo shows the stunning blue flower petals of a Blue Leschenaultia. The flower is blue in colour and has four wide flower petals. The background of the image is out of focus, showing shades of green and brown. </p>
  • <p>Kangaroo Paw</p> <p>This photograph is a close-up for a kangaroo paw. The flower stem is bright red in colour with green petals that are furry in texture. </p>

There are over 500 different species of wildflower that grow here, making for a wonderful display of colour in the late winter and early spring months.

Keep an eye out for banksias, grevilleas, acacias, blue leschenaultia and kangaroo paws – just to name a few!

Upon the walk trails, you’ll be surrounded by large native trees including jarrah, marri, flooded gums, swamp peppermint and paperbark trees.

Smaller trees include bull banksia, sheoak and snottygobble.

  • <p>Galah</p> <p>This photo is of a pink and grey galah. The bird is sitting on a thick, light-brown branch. The bird is mostly pink in colour, with a light-pink head. The majority of its body is a deep-pink colour, with patches of lighter pink on its breast and stomach. The bird has grey wing feathers and grey feet. It has a short, cream-coloured beak and a beady black eye. The background is out of focus, and features shades of brown and cream.</p>
  • <p>Kookaburra</p> <p>This photograph is of a kookaburra resting on a tree branch. The bird has cream-coloured feathers on its head, with a tuft of brown feathers on its forehead and close to its eye. It has a long, brown pointed beak. Its stomach is a cream colour, and it has long feathers on its back and tail, which are varying shades of cream and brown. The kookaburra has a bright blue patch of feathers on its wing. The bird is sitting on a thin brown tree branch that has long green leaves. The background of the photograph is out of focus, and features green foliage and brown tree trunks. </p>
  • <p>Shingleback lizard</p> <p>This photograph is a close-up of a shingleback lizard. The lizard has a large head, a very short, blunt tail, and large, rough scales. The scales on the lizard’s back are a brown colour, with its stomach, sides and legs a cream colour. The lizard is laying on a pile of brown sticks. </p>
  • <p>This photograph was taken of a long and thin snake. The snake is light brown in colour with patches of dark brown speckles along the snake's body. It has a black beady eye. The snake sits on brown dirt with fallen leaves and twigs. A patch of green grass sits above the snake's head.</p>
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