South West wildflowers spring to life
Orchids are just one of the many wildflower varieties to be seen in the South West.

Spring is in the air, and Wildflower Tours Margaret River introduces visitors to the flora of the South-West.

Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association attractions manager Jayme Hatcher says the tours are not only engaging but are also sustainable in their consideration of the natural environment.

"The tours are conducted twice daily around the Lake Cave precinct, and once a day at Mammoth Cave.

"Each tour is restricted to only 12 people to ensure minimal impact on the environment and to offer the visitor a more personalised experience with the specialist wildflower guides.

"Specialist guides take the groups around easy to walk tracks, while identifying plants and explaining the history and evolution of certain species.

"Visitors are encouraged to use the magnifying glass to get up close and assist with the identification process,"

The Margaret River region is home to over 2500 wildflower species and many orchids.

To coincide with the beginning of the wildflower season the AMRTA have developed a series of three educational biodiversity talks at the Caveworks Interpretive Centre at Lake Cave.

On Friday September 24 a team from the Curtin Biodiversity and Climate Institute will be presenting seminars on the biodiversity of the South West and how other people and organisms integrate with this ecosystem.

The seminars conclude with an evening of night frogging where participants will be able to experience some rare and peculiar frogs. Bookings for Night Frogging and the Biodiversity talks are essential and can be made by calling (08) 97805917.

>> Wildflower Tours Margaret River run until November 12. For more information, see or call (08) 9757 7411.

The West Australian

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