Vine thickets

New technique to spot rare insects

Scientists are trialing a new method of quickly identifying rare insects in Kimberley vine thickets.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Rachel Siewert on vine thickets and the gas hub

Greens senator Rachel Siewert says the proposed gas hub will threaten nearby monsoon vine thickets.

Senator Siewert

Senator Siewert

“The listing of monsoon vine thickets in the Kimberley as an endangered ecological community should be the final signal for Woodside to abandon James Price Point as the site for its gas hub,” she said.

“The Federal Government has just listed monsoon vine thickets, located on the coastal sand dunes of Dampier Peninsula.”

You can read her statement here:

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Monday, March 4th, 2013 Business and finance, Environment, Government, Oil and gas Comments Off

Vine thickets ‘Nationally Endangered’

The Commonwealth has officially recognised west Kimberley monsoon vine thickets as “Nationally Endangered”.

Environs Kimberley colourVine thickets are remnants of an ancient rain forest which remain in low-lying areas between some dunes on the Dampier Peninsula.

They are threatened by weeds, feral animals, inappropriate burning and four-wheel driving.

You can read a media release from Environs Kimberley here:

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 Aboriginal, Environment, Government Comments Off

New vine thickets report

Monsoon vine thickets are remnants of an ancient rain forest that once covered much of northern Australia.

BBS EK report cover pic

Pockets of these are scattered along Dampier Peninsula’s west and east coast, behind the sand dunes. They are culturally significant and are home and refuges for unique communities of plants and animals. 25% of Dampier Peninsula plant species are found within vine thickets, yet they only cover less than one tenth of 1% of the land area.

The first comprehensive study of Dampier Peninsula monsoon vine thickets is now available.

Broome Botanical Society has found that the many scattered patches are interconnected, with the loss of a single patch likely to affect all the other patches. They have recommended that all patches be conserved and identified 6 high priority areas including Quandong to James Price Point.

You can read the media release here.

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 Environment Comments Off

Dampier Peninsula: Protection for vine thickets

Indigenous rangers are working with scientists to protect the Dampier Peninsula’s monsoon vine thickets.

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 Aboriginal, Environment Comments Off

Demonstrations for Threatened Species Day

A banner above Perth's Kwinana Freeway this morning

A banner above Perth's Kwinana Freeway this morning

A green group is celebrating National Threatened Species Day in Perth with a Kimberley focus today.

The Wilderness Society will focus on the fragile Kimberley vine thickets, and the proposed gas hub which it said would take up more than 100ha of vine thicket land.

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 Environment Comments Off

Scientists find 83 new snails

A "new" snail species, courtesy DEC

A "new" snail species, courtesy DEC

Scientists have discovered 83 new snail species on Kimberley offshore islands.

Only four of these occurred on more than one island.

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 Environment Comments Off
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