On Wednesday 14 August, the Year 11 and 12 Biology, Human Biology and Earth Science students listened to a presentation by Professor Kingsley Dixon on South West WA as a biodiversity hotspot and the importance of its conservation.
Professor Dixon is one of Australia’s preeminent biologists. He was Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden for 32 years, was named 2016 WA Scientist of the Year, is chairman of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia and is currently Director of the Australian Mining Restoration Centre at Curtin University. Professor Dixon’s talk was titled, “What it means to live in a global biodiversity hotspot”. He talked students through why their backyard is so globally important.
More unique than 98% of other countries, WA hosts over 12,000 plant species (ten times that of the UK) with 8600 just in the south west. Almost every wild native plant you see grows here and nowhere else. Professor Dixon opened the students' minds to the extraordinary marvel that is our unique ecosystems and why today, more than ever we need to be carefully protecting the few precious bushland areas that remain.
Professor Dixon’s final message was on a simple step that we can all take to help save our majestic, yet endangered Black Cockatoos. Please read the article below from Professor Dixon about how planting nut trees can increase the chances of these beautiful birds not going extinct. It was an excellent opportunity for the boys to hear from such a distinguished scientist and we thank him for his visit!