Book showcases Brixton wetlands

Book showcases Brixton wetlands

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Friends of Brixton Street volunteers are working to educate the community about the wetlands in Kenwick. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Since the launch of their book on February 8 detailing 30 years of urban environmental volunteering in WA the Friends of Brixton Street Wetlands in Kenwick have continued working tirelessly to educate the public about the area.

Titled Friends of Brixton Street Wetlands Kenwick, Glimpses and Insights the book took three years to write and serves as a guide to the wetlands.

Brixton Street Wetlands convenor Regina Drummond has been involved with the group since 1987 and said she hoped people would read the book and learn more about the wetlands.

She said the wetlands were home to 360 different types of plants as well as rare flora and fauna.

“It is very special,” she said.

“To think it is right in the middle of such an urban place, we are just thrilled to have an area like this.”

Ms Drummond said the Brixton Street Wetlands were a whole other world filled with serenity and beauty.

“One can only dream of this place long ago when there were no roads, fences or drains,” she said.

“When the water moved freely over the whole area and the place would have been buzzing with the calls of hundreds of different birds and a variety of animals.

“Even today it is a serene environment with hovering dragonflies, erupting fungi, foraging insects and the beautiful blue sky.”

Book author and Curtin University lecturer Subas Dhakal wrote in the publication he met Ms Drummond and her husband Trevor some years ago.

He soon found himself an active member of the group and kept a photographic record of species within the reserve, which found their way into the book.

“I hope that this book will be useful to a wider audience,” he said.

“From every day people to educators, citizen scientists, naturalists, researchers, environmental volunteers and photographers.

“It is also my expectation that photographs in this book will spark wider community interest in the appreciation, protection and management of remnant urban nature.”

For more information visit friendsofbrixtonstreetwetlands.org.au.