An initiative of Earthwatch Institute


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The Friends of the Spectacles (FoTS) is a volunteer group caring for the Spectacles Wetlands located in the Town of Kwinana. The group was formed after a major bushfire swept through the wetlands in December 2007.  The group supports the rehabilitation of the wetland area through activities such a re-vegetation, seed collection propagation, and weed control.  FoTS is commited to working with the local Noongar people to gather knowledge on how to best work with the land.  Elders are consulted over the species to be planted and generally about activities conducted by the group.  

The Spectacles Wetlands has one of the largest stands of Paper-bark woodland in the metropolitan Perth area (approximately 33km south of Perth CBD) and 87 species of water birds, birds of prey and woodland birds.  The Wetlands are a breeding ground for the Rufus Night Heron and the Swamp Harrier.  There are a number of land animals including: bandicoots, snakes, occasional wallabies, possums, and bats. 

The area is a significant site for Aboriginal people, being a part of the Wajuk peoples traditional land and is situated in the greater Noongar language group that encompasses the Southwest of Australia.  THe Spectacles is on teh ancient trade route that follows the fresh water lakes system; connecting the people of the Murray and Swan Rivers and has cultural significance as a ceremonial, camping and food gather site.  

Bush Care Day is every 3rd Sunday of the month, 9am-12pm.  All are welcome.

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity in The Spectacles Wetland in Kwinana, WA.  
  • Use a ClimateWatch field guide and recording sheet for The Spectacles Wetland in Kwinana, WA to spot species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a real difference in your local community!

How to get involved?

  • Download The Spectacles Wetland species ID sheet and recording sheet on this website.
  • Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.
  • For more details on the trail, please contact trail coordinator, Lynda Smith.

This trail was developed with the Friends of the Spectacles