|Welcome to the Walpole Wilderness in the
south west of Western Australia
Walpole is home
to a diverse array of flora and fauna that have been uniquely shaped by
a range of natural elements including fire. Like mankind, fire is very much
a part of the Australian environment. It is important that we (managers and communities) understand
the roles we can play, and the influence of fire if we are to help conserve
the natural environment. This project looks specifically at invertebrate’s
survival and colonisation after a wildfire in a special wilderness area
of the Walpole Nornalup National Park. It also aims to provide data for
comparing differences in species composition between sites that have different
fire histories. For example the differences between sites that have been
recently burnt and those that are longer unburnt. A scientific description
of the mission is detailed under “The Project”.
The outcomes of this community based research project will ultimately help us understand and appreciate our natural heritage and also our responsibility in the management of our environment as we become more aware of the factors that affect it.
This web site is a valuable reference for interested readers, students, land managers and scientists to gain a better understating of the invertebrates that are crawling, wiggling and flying around Walpole’s Wilderness with pictures, classifications and details of their habitats. This dynamic database is also being used by the project’s Classification Team as a reference inventory to assist in cataloging invertebrates that continue to be brought in from the field. Even you can do specific queries like “What beetles have been collected?” through the “See what we found” page.
The project has been a joint effort of dedicated volunteers of the Walpole Community and Walpole Nornalup National Parks Association, scientists, University students, DPaW personnel and even international volunteers. This diverse group of people is working to collect and classify specimens from one of WA’s most beautiful wilderness landscapes.