15103: Invertebrate Survey of Bungendore Park

    Importance - Bungendore Park is a relatively large reserve of 498 ha, mostly in excellent condition, which forms an important green peri-urban backdrop to the City of Armadale. Two declared rare orchids and numerous priority flora can be found in the park, six major ecosystems covering the varying geology of the Darling Scarp . Bungendore Park is listed as a Jarrah Reference Site (JF5) for the Perth Region Plant Biodiversity Project and is also an important study site of the three endangered Black Cockatoos by the WA Museum.
    Bungendore Park is an important passive recreation area, in an area of rapidly increasing population

    Invertebrates play an important role in the landscape, from recycling detritus to pollination. Surveying the invertebrate populations in Bungendore Park gives greater understanding of the roles invertebrates play, including litter decomposition and enabling identification of species present. 
    The Strategic Directions Document includes an incomplete list of invertebrates. The Committee has commissioned a Desktop Survey of Invertebrates, as indicated from the Flora of Bungendore Park published report. To verify the species present, a comprehensive field survey is required. 
    Threats - 
    Baseline knowledge enables identification of threats to biodiversity of Bungendore Park and/or recognise changes in the invertebrate population due to management practices or climate change. Macro-invertebrates (insects, chelicerates and myriapods) comprise >97% of Western Australia's land fauna, but no survey has been conducted to identify the species present in the park.
    Feral European honey bees are a threat to many obligate hollow nesters (cockatoos, bats, Tree martins, pardalotes, etc) and compete with native bees in pollination roles. Specific plant/pollinator roles may be vital.
    With knowledge, we are able to determine if our activities (weed control, Dieback management and revegetation) have negative impacts on the invertebrate population. 
    A healthy population of invertebrates is important for maintaining the biodiversity of the vertebrate and the flora populations of the Park. Not just for food directly, but also in maintaining flora which provides food and habitat.
    The park is an area of Passive recreation, maintaining the health of the Park is important. When areas becomes degraded, the value to the community is compromised.

    Project activities - 
    Conduct an Invertebrate Survey to identity the Invertebrate species present in the park. This will add to biodiversity knowledge and assist successful management of the park. A scientific survey will provide information for the community, park visitors and bushland management groups. 

    A field survey is planned to be undertaken in Spring/Summer/Autumn of 2015/16.

    Production of an educational pamphlet summarising key species present, for park users (at Visitor Centre). 
    Hold a citizen science event based on the survey outcomes.

    Having sound baseline data will enable the Committee to work towards quantitative management of invertebrate populations in the Park, preempt adverse outcomes relating to the flora and fauna of Bungendore Park and ensure a healthy, biodiverse, group of ecosystems. 
    This baseline data will be of importance to the City of Armadale in managing similar reserves and will be made available to other environmental and research groups in Western Australia.


    Investment: $ 7 900
    In-kind contribution: $ 8 000
    Delivery organisation: Bungendore Park Management Committee
    Project duration: July 2016 - January 2017
    Location: Armadale, City of
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