Pollinating minds at Barrabup

More than 30 people from across the region joined Wadandi/Pibulmun cultural custodian Iszaac Webb at Barrabup Pool Nannup this week to learn more about native plants and trees and the pollination benefits to agriculture.

Participants relaxed in a magnificent bush classroom fringed by tea-trees while Mr Webb of the Undalup Association shared Traditional Ecological Knowledge and explored the interconnection of all living things.

Mr Webb also spoke about the importance of pollination, bush management and the role of fire in maximising pollination, and its flow-on effects.

During a guided walk along the banks of the Barrabup Pool, participants stopped to examine several plant species and learned more about their traditional uses as fire carriers, food and medicine and the relationship to the six Noongar seasons.

SWCC project manager Wendy Wilkins said Traditional Ecological Knowledge would support the work of botanists, bird experts and entomologists in the development of seasonal flowering calendars to assist farmers with their revegetation choices.

Through its Pollinator Project, SWCC is also working with a Balingup orchardist and a Boscabel canola grower.

“We want to improve food and habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects so that ultimately we can enhance the natural landscape and improve on-farm production,” Mrs Wilkins explained.

The Barrabup Pool workshop was supported by SWCC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

For further information about SWCC’s Pollinator Program, contact Wendy Wilkins on 0448 939 307.

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