Botany walk to shed light on hills flora

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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 pro­grams@em­pow­er­ing­peo­

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Botanist Vicki Long will lead a tour of the wild­flow­ers and other plants of the Kar­ratha Hills on Sun­day, Septem­ber 4.

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