Biodiversity and Extensions
Through dedicated conservation research, industry and the community can now achieve better biodiversity conservation outcomes, such as management of rare flora and the rehabilitation and restoration of native biodiversity.
Without the assistance of the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners, most of the following projects would not have been possible.
Please contact Bob Dixon with any enquiries.
Translocation of Declared Rare Flora
BGPA has been involved in some of the most successful and pioneering translocation projects in the state such as:
Translocation of the Critically Endangered Corrigin Grevillea Grevillea scapigera. (1997 - 2014) Collaborators: Bob Dixon, Dr Eric Bunn, Dr Siegy Krauss, Dr David Merritt, Department of Parks and Wildlife Narrogin, Corrigin Shire, Bullaring Ratepayers Association, Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners.
Translocation of the Critically Endangered Bancrofts' Symonanthus Symonanthus bancroftii. (1998 - 2014) Collaborators: Dr Eric Bunn, Bob Dixon, Dr Shane Turner, Dr Siegy Krauss, Department of Parks and Wildlife Merredin (previously Narrogin), Shire of Bruce Rock and Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners.
Translocation of the Sticky Eremophila Eremophila resinosa. (2003 - 2014) Collaborators: Bob Dixon, Dr Eric Bunn, Dr Shane Turner, Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners.
Translocation of Verticordia lindleyi subsp. lindleyi. (2005 - 2009) Collaborators: Bob Dixon, Dr Siegy Krauss, Public Transport Authority, site provided by Westralia Airports Corporation.
Translocation of four species of Declared Rare Flora from the Scott Coastal Plain Ironstone Community to the BHP Billiton Beenup Rehabilitation Project. (2002 - 2007) Collaborators: Bob Dixon, Dr Siegy Krauss, Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners, BHP Billiton, Department of Parks and Wildlife (Albany, Busselton and Perth).
Environmental Weed Control
The agency is a leading authority on environmental weed control in natural and degraded ecosystems. Examples of successful projects include Perennial Veldt Grass Ehrharta calycina control, Buffel Grass Cenchrus ciliaris control on Airlie Island, control of many bulbous species e.g., Freesia and Sparaxis, Bridal Creeper Asparagus asparagoides, Vulpia species and control of Wards Weed Carrichtera annua and Slender Ice Plant Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum.
A range of herbicides are trialled in conjunction with the Bushland Manager in Kings Park, usually at much lower levels than the recommended rates, on several new or difficult to control weed species. Off-target damage is also assessed, usually by spraying a range of indigenous species in pot trials to test the efficacy. Recent findings include control of difficult bulbous/cormous species such as Allium triquertrum, Babiana and Ixia using 2,2-DPA or Propon.
The Authority has recently been involved in the following weed control projects: