Don’t pick the wildflowers
THE Shire of Mundaring has warned that people who pick wildflowers in State forests and reserves can be prosecuted and fined.
The warning comes after an incident was reported at Lake Leschenaultia which involved visitors picking and attempting to remove large quantities of wildflowers from bushland around the lake.
Lake Leschenaultia is on a Crown Reserve in Chidlow and managed by the Shire.
Recreation and leisure services manager Kirk Kitchin said the incident was reported to a staff member at the lake on September 17.
“On this occasion a person camping at the lake witnessed two other visitors carrying bunches of wildflowers to their car,” he said.
“The camper confiscated the flowers and reported the incident to Lake Leschenaultia staff.
“Unfortunately by this time the perpetrators had moved on and the damage had already been done, with a significant number of flowers uprooted and removed from their natural habitat.”
The native wildflowers surrounding the lake are one of the site’s major drawcards and one of the reasons Lake Leschenaultia is renowned for its picturesque bushwalk trails.
Mr Kitchin said wildflowers were a protected species under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. A person taking or selling protected flora without authority of a licence could be fined up to $10,000.
“When it comes to native plants, ‘look but don’t touch’ is the best approach to ensure longevity of the native plants that make the lake and other sites so special,” Mr Kitchen said.
The Shire is investigating signage to deter visitors from picking flowers at the lake.
Incidents of flora removal can be reported to the Shire or Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Lake Leschenaultia’s Reflections Cafe supervisor Amy Ettridge and parks officer Riley Ettridge with some of the confiscated wildflowers.