||This reserve is a beautiful ten hectares of jarrah-marri forest, donated to the council by the King Family. It is a battle-axe block, south of the green waste tip, with access through a narrow lane from Chevin Road
Djiridji (zamias) are flourishing, the males now carrying shrivelled tassels (their task is done), and the females fat and fecund, with red byoo nuts to come in autumn. In long unburnt neighbouring blocks, the djiridji look discoloured and sick, and are not reproducing. A quick count of the number of fronds gave a median of 5 for the unburnt bush, and 19 for the area burnt last year. The frond count increases for three to four years after fire, then declines as the plants run out of nutrient. Other plants benefit from the nitrogen fixed by djiridji. The jarrah crowns in the burnt area look greener and denser than in the unburnt, and I fancy it was cooler and shadier.
Comments by D. Ward (Feb 2010)