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Seed Collection

Licensed Native Seed Collection

Seed collection is a vital step in all ecological restoration and revegetation projects. Having provenance seed stock from which to propagate native plants ensures the best possible conservation outcome for a project. Natural Area have over 10 years’ experience in collecting native seed from areas in and around Perth. Our seed team are trained and licenced by DPaW and actively seek authorisation from landowners to collect seed. We adhere to the Model Code of Practice for seed collection issued by FloraBank and are following the Seed Accreditation Program currently being established by RIAWA.







Collectors

Natural Area employ a full-time seed collection team throughout the summer months. The team is fully licenced by Department of Parks and Wildlife and trained by our senior and experienced collectors, some of whom have over 15 years’ experience with seed collection throughout the state.


Authorisation

Natural Area actively seek authorisation to collect seed from landowners every year. Authorisation is sought from landowners across the state so we can have a range of provenance seed available for contract and project orders.


Licencing

Our seed collectors are licenced by Department of Parks and Wildlife to collect seed. We are licenced to collect on private and public land.

Contract Collection

We offer contract seed collection services to Clients who need to meet certain provenance requirements for their revegetation projects or to stock their own seed bank.


Processing and Treatment


The majority of seed collected by Natural Area is utilised for revegetation projects managed in-house. This means we can guarantee the quality of the seed being used and quality of seedlings.


Processing

Processing
Seed processing is undertaken according to industry best practices and includes:

  • Seed drying, Natural Area utilise several areas for seed drying according to the type of seed being dried, we have a specific area for drying Banksia cones, seed collected for contracts and general purpose seed. Seed drying areas are protected from the elements and rodents.
  • Seed sorting, after seed is adequately dried it is sorted. Natural Area utilise several methods for seed sorting according to seed type. An automated seed thresher and vacuum air separator is used to separate fine seed from chaff to ensure the highest purity of seed is obtained. Seed is also sorted manually using sieves of varying apertures.
  • Seed packaging, after seed is sorted it is packaged ready for storage. All seed is packaged with a standard label to ensure relevant details are maintained with the seed lot.


Seed Treatment

Seed is propagated and germinated in our purpose built propagation area where seed is treated using the appropriate methodology. Natural Area can undertake smoke treatment, heat treatment, scarification, stratification and weathering in order to break seed dormancy exhibited by many native seeds.

Direct Seeding

We have the ability to broadcast seed directly onto revegetation sites. We broadcast by hand on small areas but use specialist equipment to broadcast over large areas. We offer a bulking, mixing and packaging service so seed lots contain the right diversity. Seed treatments are critical to the success of direct seeding projects.




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