Botany walk to shed light on hills flora
Residents have the chance to be botanists for a day during an event exploring the unique flora of the Karratha Hills.
Next month, science group Karratha Science Engagement Network and botanist Vicki Long will host an interactive public walk and talk tour that takes a closer look at plants found only in the Pilbara and their uses.
Mrs Long said though botany was an often overlooked branch of science, it was one crucial for protecting natural environments, including the Pilbara’s.
“It’s essentially about respecting what’s here and realising the value of it,” she said of the tour.
“For example, the Karratha Hills have very few weeds in them, so they are an example of really pristine vegetation as it has been for thousands of years.
“But the more tracks we make in it, the more we disturb it, the more weeds we’re going to start taking into the hills, and so then you lose that original vegetation type ... and pristine vegetation is so rare in Western Australia.”
The walk will start at the Karratha Visitor Centre and cover as many different types of habitat as possible, meaning participants will need a reasonable level of fitness and sturdy boots.
“I want to do the hill slopes, I want to do the rock piles, I want to talk about the creek line, because in each of those different habitats you get different vegetation types with different plants in them,” Mrs Long said.
The KSEN Botany Walk and Talk event will be held on Sunday, September 4, from 3pm to 5pm.
To book, phone 9185 1488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Botanist Vicki Long will lead a tour of the wildflowers and other plants of the Karratha Hills on Sunday, September 4.