The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority enjoys an international reputation in biodiversity conservation science.

Our team undertakes integrated research focused on practical outcomes in native plant biology, rare plant conservation and bushland restoration. Successful conservation outcomes are achieved through world-class research and strategic alliances with industry, land managers, the community and other research organisations.

The Seed Conservation team undertakes research into theoretical and applied aspects of seed biology, physiology, and ecology. This research aims to advance the underlying principles of seed biology and translate these into technologies for plant propagation, conservation, and landscape restoration.

Seed Conservation supports the WA Seed Centre - Kings Park which plays a vital role in conserving WA’s biodiversity through the long-term storage of seeds.

Research focuses on seed collection, quality assessment and control, seed banking, seed germination and dormancy, and techniques for improving seed delivery and seedling establishment at restoration sites. Seed ecological research aims to understand the role of seeds in shaping the establishment, reproduction, and persistence of plant species and communities.


Meet the scientist

Join Luke Sweedman, former Curator of the Western Australian Seed Centre, as he takes you 'behind the scenes' of Kings Park's seed collecting field trips. Share a very special project our seed collector and team have been working with the Yindjibarndi people on, the traditional custodians of the Pilbara region of WA.

Watch 'Exciting Expeditions with Luke Sweedman' video on YouTube

Watch 'Pilbara Project with the Yindjibarndi people' video on YouTube

Join Bronwyn Ayre talk about her research on the impact of introduced honeybees on native plants.

Watch 'Honeybees and native plants' webinar on YouTube

Join Lily Whelehan and Milana Lukic chat about the use of plant cryopreservation in conservation.

Watch 'Plant cryopreservation' webinar on YouTube

Join Vanessa Brown share her research to improve Banksia woodland researation with seed spaghetti.

Watch 'Seed spaghetti' webinar on YouTube


Citizen science

Butterflies Australia has an excellent app you can use to collect data that assists scientists to monitor the butterflies in our bushland.

Look out for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October. Another great citizen science project to help monitor our native birds.


Connection

We would love to hear from you and your class. Share your photos and findings with us via social media using the hashtag #STEMActionInKingsPark.

If your students have any questions email us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View our other Secondary School Snippets activities and check out the other education programs we run here in Kings Park.

Biara Cafe temporary closure

Biara Cafe will be closing temporarily from 2 August - 19 September for refurbishment works.

Administration car park closure

There will be limited access to the BGPA Administration building and the Kings Park Education and Learning building from Wednesday 15 June 2022 for approximately 8 weeks, due to ongoing Water Corporation works.

Water Corporation works

The Water Corporation is replacing approximately 700 metres of ageing water pipes between Mount Eliza Reservoir and Bellevue Terrace in Kings Park.

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New Bold Park Management Plan

The Bold Park Management Plan 2022 - 2027 has been published by BGPA after a period of extensive public consultation

Hort Couture - Community Art Project

Crochet and knitting enthusiasts - we want you!

It's that time of year again, when the wildflowers start to bloom and our thoughts turn to all things spring. In celebration of our gorgeous selection of WA wildflowers, we are running another of our famous community crocheting projects.

Ready, aim, restore! A new approach to define and achieve restoration targets

A team of researchers from Kings Park Science in Biodiversity and Conservation Science, the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, have led the development of an approach for ecosystem restoration which connects scientific research, restoration policy, and on-the-ground action.

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