On Friday afternoon, October 12th, a group of IPPS members, nursery owners, their staff and industry suppliers turned out a local event at the premises of Seed Shed in the picturesque Ferguson Valley, some 2.5 hours south of Perth A group of over 25 undertook a tour of the business and received a very professional […]
Two weekends ago, 11 of us from Natural Area participated in the Northern Agricultural Catchments Councils (NACC) Bioblitz held at Gunnado Farm Walkaway (just south of Geraldton). The purpose of a Bioblitz is to identify as many species of flora, fauna, invertebrates and birds as possible in a 24 hour period to monitor the biodiversity of an area. For us it was a chance to make new friends, explore a new area and check out some of the amazing wildflowers that were on display.
What been happening in the Nursery you ask?
Our Nursery Manager Bree, recently arrived back from a two week trip to South Africa courtesy of the International Plant Propagators Society Australia (IPPS). During this time she attended the IPPS conference in Tzaneen, toured nurseries and met some truly wonderful people. Keep reading for more insight into horticulture and nursery production in the region. […]
A woody weed is a tree or shrub that has established and thrived in a area outside its natural range. They can have serious impacts on the natural environment by altering the diversity and structure of bushlands, causing local extinction of native flora, replacing food and habitat sources for native fauna and increase fire risks. […]
So what is work experience like at Natural Area? Amber recently completed a week-long work experience program with us and here is what she had to say about the experience. Monday As it was the beginning of my work experience I was very nervous. However, these nerves were quick to dissipate as Andrew, Jess […]
So what does it mean to be Field Crew at Natural Area? We asked James Piper from the Whiteman Team to tell us exactly what it’s like to work in the field and be a part of the Natural Area crew. Date: 28/11/2016 Crew member: James Piper Task: Summer Watering It’s Monday morning, I’ve just […]
The Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) has recently accredited ten Level 2 and 3 Bushfire Planning Practitioners. This announcement is a further step in achieving the State Government’s commitment to develop a professional bushfire consultant industry to inform land-use planning approvals and building permit processes. Natural Area’s Senior Environmental Consultant – Sue Brand is now […]
It’s Spring Survey time! The Natural Area botanical team have had a busy start to the Spring survey season with surveys happening from Mindarie in the north, Aveley in the east, Cockburn in the south and further south in the Shire of Murray. Survey activities include: desktop assessments to determine potential flora, fauna and fungi […]
The 2016 Annual Wheatbelt NRM BioBlitz happened on the weekend of October 8 and 9 at Tarin Rock near Lake Grace. This year, the event was co-hosted by Dumbleyung Landcare Zone. A contingent of seven from Natural Area made the trek out into the Wheatbelt to participate, read on to see what the team got […]