DRYANDRA WOODLAND

 

HEMA map reference 74/E4

 

Dryandra Woodland

 

GPS 32 48 46 S 116 53 34 E

 

 

 

 

Entry fee and / or camping fee charged Toilets available Tables and / or seats and / or shelters provided Fire places or BBQs available Tent camping sites Caravan access possible Pets prohibited Sight seeing area Push bike trails Walk trails Ranger or caretaker on site

 

 

 

 

This is a somewhat scattered park comprising of a number of different habitats. There is a campground at Congelin and a small settlement that caters for group bookings in cabins. In all there are 17 different sections to the woodland covering some 28,000 hectares.

 

This is a transition zone between the jarrah forests of the Darling Scarp to the west and the drier wheatbelt to the east.

 

Types of tree that can be found in the reserves include jarrah, wandoo, powderbark, marri, mallee, rock sheoak and brown mallet. The brown mallet (eucalyptus astringens) was an important source of income to early settlers as the bark contains a high concentration of tannin, an important ingredient for the leather tanning industry. The trees were over exploited and in the 1920s steps were taken to protect stands of trees from over harvesting. Mallet was planted across this area until the 1960s when synthetic chemicals replaced the need for vegetable based products.

 

The protection of mallet led to sanctuary zones developing for native flora and fauna and today this means that over 800 native plant species can be found here. Reptiles are plentiful here too with 36 lizard species and 15 snake species located here in various wildlife surveys.

 

It is a little known fact that some types of fungi found in the woodland are important as a food source to native animals like the woylie. These fungi are spread through animal droppings and it has been discovered that the fungi are important to a number of native plant species as well as they have developed symbiotic associations. The fungi increase the uptake of plant nutrients that assist with plant health and growth.

 

The woodlands are one of the best places in W.A. for viewing native wildlife including numbats, wyolie, honey possums, pygmy possums, tammar wallabies, red tailed phascogales and echidna. A self drive tour can be conducted by tuning your vehicle's radio to 100 FM and listening to commentary in various locations.

 

Private landowners with property adjacent to the woodlands are encouraged to create bush land corridors that allow animals to migrate between the remaining stands of bush.

 

The park also contains Barna Mia, an animal sanctuary where you can see many types of wildlife on guided nocturnal tours. Phone 08 9881 9200 for more information.

 

In 1998 a captive breeding facility was established to help re-introduce threatened or locally extinct species to the woodland. Five threatened species were placed in predator proof enclosures. A visitors centre was also constructed to educate people on the importance of bio-diversity and to allow viewing of some of the threatened animals.

 

Visitors are restricted to night-time visits as the animals sleep during the day and every effort is made to provide them with as much peace and quiet as possible.

 

Woylies, quenda, wurrup or rufous hare foot wallaby, mernine or banded hare wallaby, bilby or dalgyte, marl or western barred bandicoot and boodie or burrowing betong have all been introduced to Barna Mia.

 

Woylie Western bared bandicoot Burrowing betong Rufous hare foot wallaby Bilby
Woylie | Western bared bandicoot | Burrowing betong | Rufous hare foot wallaby | Bilby

 

NPW Website for more information

 

 

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