Fascinating fauna

Bold Park is bustling with wildlife as the Tuart and Banksia Woodlands provide perfect homes for habitat. Listen closely to this busy community of large and small native species and bring your bird-watching binoculars.

Up in the trees

What's that? Do you hear something rustling in the branches? It might just be one of our three mammal species in Bold Park, the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) or our two bat species, the white-striped mastiff bat (Tadorida australis) and Gould's wattled bat (Chalinolobus gouldii).

Reptiles and amphibians

The bushland is unique in that it has all five species of burrowing snake known on the Swan Coastal Plain, one being the rare and endangered black striped snake (Vermicella colonotus).

Three frog species have been recorded: the banjo frog (Limnodynastes dorsalis), moaning frog (Heleioporus eyrei) and turtle frog (Myobatrachus gouldii).

Close up of a Western Bearded Dragon.

Birds abound

The park provides refuge to spectacular species of birds. Many live at Bold Park permanently, while others visit to take advantage of the seasonal resources the park has to offer.

Morning is the best time for bird watching, so why not make the most of these quiet times to take a stroll and see what you can spot. The dominant Banksia Woodlands, especially when in flower, attract a wide range of nectar and insect feeding birds, while shy and often elusive fairy-wrens prefer the protection of dense heath.

The Mount Claremont Bushland (the southerly portion of Bold Park) is the only area in Perth in which the splendid fairy-wren (Malurus splendens), variegated fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti) and white-winged fairy-wren (Malurus leucopterus) all occur together.

Another must-see are the honeyeaters, which are so numerous in parts of Bold Park that the area has been known as 'Honeyeater Hill'.

Look to the skies for the chance to see raptors hunting unsuspecting prey!

There are high number of bird-of-prey species, including the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) which is relatively rare and classified as in need of special protection. The relatively large size of Bold Park bushland is particularly important for these birds because they feed over large territories.

Owl facing the camera.