Biologist writes book inspired by his Bibbilmun track expedition

Professor Leigh Simmons and his son (UWA supplied )

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An evolutionary biologist has written a book to encourage people to help save what’s left of the natural bushland.

UWA biologist Professor Leigh Simmons wrote Naturalist on the Bibbulmun after being inspired by his own expedition through the southwest.

Prof. Simmons walked the Bibbulmun track with his son during the Noongar seasons of Kambarang and Birak in 2018 and 2019.

Over his 1000-kilometre journey carrying a 17-kilogram pack, Mr Simmons documented the flora and fauna he came across while hiking through the southwest of Western Australia. 

Book calls for environmental conservation 

The Naturalist on the Bibbilmun is a beginners guide to evolutionary and ecological processes while also providing an insight into the trying journey of a long-distance walker.

Above all else, the book is a call to action to educate people about the impact humans have on the unique plant and animal species in the region.  

Professor Simmons believes now may be our last chance to witness and to save what remains of the ancient wilderness through which the Bibbulmun Track passes.

He hopes that his book will in some small way arouse a sense of country and draw the reader into the small but growing mob who recognise the need to preserve the wilderness of this place.

Albany Bibbulmun track upgrade 

Albany’s southern terminus of the Bibbulmun Track and has recently been relocated to its new location in the heart of town on York Street.

The new location features upgraded ammenities including decking structure, signage, bike racks and seating for hikers to enjoy as they pass through town. 

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