Island haven for Swan River birds

Djirda Miya, or ‘home of the birds’, is a new artificial island on the Swan River for waterbirds to nest away from people, bikes and dogs.

Black swan with signets

Black swan with signets

Local waterbirds are preparing to move into their new home as work on the Black Swan Habitat nears completion. It’s hoped the iconic black swan will nest there.

The $1.5 million project funded by the City of South Perth and the WA Government is repairing damaged river walls and creating vital habitat for wildlife along the South Perth foreshore.

Construction of the sheltered island is now complete, with timber logs and plants to create a protected area for nesting. A beach area will also allow waterbirds to take off and land safely on windy days when the water is rough.

Volunteers from the Friends of South Perth Wetlands are monitoring birdlife around the Black Swan habitat each week. The findings will be used to help the City of South Perth assess the effectiveness of the project. Learn more about the project here.

Black Swan Habitat, Swan River, South Perth. Photo credit: City of South Perth