Bull Creek Wetland - City of Melville

Bull Creek Wetland - City of Melville

Bull Creek Wetland - City of Melville


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Western Petalurid


(Petaleura hesperia)

The Petalurid dragonfl y is the largest

species of dragonfl y in Western

Australia, having a wingspan of 10cm

and a bright red body. The species

has been recorded at 10 sites across

Perth, one of which is Bull Creek.

It was last recorded in 1995, and

several studies since then have not

recorded it at this location. It has

been suggested that the species

has declined or is extinct due to the

presence of the introduced Blackberry

vine (Rubus sp.) at this location. The

vine creates an obstacle to both adult

dragonfl ies emerging from burrows

and to females attempting to lay eggs

on rotting vegetation at ground level.

The vine has sharp spines that can

damage wings on fl ying insects.

The dragonfl y has been adopted as

the logo for the Bull Creek Wetlands.

The City of Melville in association

with Murdoch University will continue

to monitor dragonfl y presence in the



The Bull Creek Wetland consists

of a a chain of of several dampland

and wetland reserves linked by

the Bull Creek drain running from

Brockman Avenue in Leeming to

the inlet in Bull Creek at Leach

Highway. The creek itself passes

through Bull Creek Reserve, Reg

Bourke Reserve, Richard Lewis

Reserve and what is know as

Bateman (or Yagan) Reserve

where it joins the saline Canning

River. (see map for details).

Bull Creek Drv



Bull Creek Wetlands water is coloured brown

due to tannins found in the leaf litter


For more information

If you would like to f ind out

more about Bull Creek or any other wetland

in the City of Melville, please contact the

City of Melville Environmental Off icer on

9364 0283 or visit www.melvillecity.com.au.

Richard Lewis


Reg Burke


Leach Hwy

All Saints SHS

Bull Creek


Enjoy a walk around the

wetland and learn about

the flora and fauna

Rossmoyne SHS

Small Reserve

Nearby Karel Ave

Bull Creek


The fl ora at Bull Creek Wetland varies

from dry Banksia woodlands with Firewood

Banksia (Banksia menziesii), Grasstrees

(Xyanthorrhea preissi), Jarrah (Eucalyptus

marginata), and Marri (Corymbia calophylla)

to damplands of Flooded Gum (Eucalyptus

rudis) and stands of Freshwater Paperback

(Melaleuca raphiophylla) along the creeklines

of these reserves.

Paperbark found in Bull Creek Wetlands

The bushland in Bull Creek has been

damaged by frequent fi res and the spread

of invasive weeds, including Bracken

Fern (Pteridium esculentum), Blackberry

(Rubus fructicosa) and Sydney Golden

Wattle (Acacia longifolia).

In some areas, the weeds are so

successful that the creek banks are

almost impenetrable.

The City of Melville has been working with

All Saints College and the Rossmoyne

Bush Rangers for several years to

eradicate weeds from parts of the Bull

Creek Wetlands.

History of

Bull Creek

Nyoongar People

Prior to European settlement, the Beeliar

Aboriginal people used the Bull Creek Wetland

as a source of food and fresh water in summer.

There is evidence to suggest that this area

has been used by Aboriginal groups for the

past 38,000 years.


Post Settlement History

The Bull Creek Wetland was owned by a

succession of early pioneers, including Henry

Bull and Thomas Middleton, who cleared much

of the land for farming. The inlet now found

adjacent to Leach Highway and Spinaway

Crescent was the site of a jetty built by Bull

and John Adams as part of a river port from

the settlement at the Canning River.

Suburban development occurred in the area

in the 1960s and 1970s. The reserves now

form part of the wetland chain known as the

Bull Creek Wetland and are named after

Councilors and pioneers in the area - Richard

Lewis, a long serving Melville Councilor; Reg

Bourke a member of the Melville Roads Board;

and the settler Henry Bull.

The Bull Creek Wetland has a rich assortment of local native animals, including the Splendid Wren

(Malurus splendens) and the Pacifi c Black Duck (Anas superciliosa).

Amphibians are common and include the tiny Clicking Frog (Crinia glauertii), the larger Banjo Frog

(Limnodynastes dorsalis) and Motorbike Frog (Littoria mooreii).

Snakes and lizards, like the common Bobtail (Tiliqua rugosa), thrive in the cool damp bushland.

The wetland is home to the Southern Brown Bandicoot – Quenda (Isodon obesulus), and may

house small mammals such as Rakali – the native water rat (Hydromys chrysogaster).

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