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Naturalist on the Bibbulmun


Naturalist on the Bibbulmun is the story of one man's journey with his son through this ancient and extraordinary corner of the world.

Part field guide, part travelogue, part love song to the Southwest region of WA, you’ll be enchanted by Leigh W. Simmons’s documentation of plants, animals and Noongar seasons in 'Naturalist on the Bibbulmun: A walking companion'. It is both a witness statement of the current state of the natural regions of southwestern WA, and a call to arms to protect for our future generations what little remains of one of the worlds most extraordinary natural habitats.

The biodiversity is so extensive that it is impossible to provide a comprehensive field guide to the Bibbulmun Track. Nevertheless, the author musters his expertise in ecology and evolutionary biology to document the animals and plants found during the Noongar seasons of kambarang and birak, from November to January, with colour photographs throughout. In so doing we learn how evolution has shaped the extraordinary diversity of animals and plants in this corner of the World, the important roles biodiversity plays in providing the stable ecosystem in which we live and prosper, and the serious impacts to that stability imposed by our increasing overexploitation of what is an ancient and fragile landscape.

All royalties from the book will be donated to the Bibbulmun Track Foundation.


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