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Wildflower science walk

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
South West Science Council board member Jo Ellard believes events like this are great for the community.
Camera IconSouth West Science Council board member Jo Ellard believes events like this are great for the community. Credit: Callum Hunter

South West flower fans will have something to buzz about later this month when the South West Science Council hosts a free wildflower walk and talk event.

Set to be headlined by Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions botanist Andrew Webb, flower fans will be treated to an informative trail walk through Manea Park centred around the native wildflowers in the area.

According to SWSC board member Jo Ellard, Mr Webb’s scientific insights would provide a huge boost to the event.

“We trialled this event last year with the City of Bunbury and Friends of Manea Park and decided to do it again,” she said.

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“Last year we had 80 people but we don’t want it too big because we’ll destroy the area and we only want it to be an hour.”

The walk will start and finish near the Somerville and Winthrop Avenue roundabout at the entrance to Manea Park.

The trail is a 2.4km loop with native wildflowers throughout the bushland and along the path.

“What we’re doing is trying to heighten the community’s awareness of plants because they always get a rough deal compared to animals,” Ms Ellard said.

“It also shows people there are some trails to look at and at certain times of the year, like spring, are really worth going and having a walk through.”

event is free but registrations are a must and can be made via eventbrite.

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