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Nature Notes – Flowering Now

Spring is in full swing. To see a range of labelled wildflowers from Chittering and nearby areas head to the Chittering Landcare Centre on Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th September. The Chittering Landcare Centre is at 175 Old Gingin Rd Muchea (access off Great Northern Highway – look for the banner). Also included is a Landcare Expo.

Each day in addition to the wildflowers you can:
•meet baby joeys;
• learn about weeds, invasive animals and dieback;
• learn about endangered black cockatoos;
• meet some rare breed sheep;
• get assistance to identify wildflowers and weeds;
• pick up some free gifts and native seeds, and
• Saturday will be family day with additional attractions including Animal Ark (reptiles, frogs and creepy crawlies), birds of prey and children’s activities.

The event is wheelchair accessible and refreshments will be available. The Wildflower Show and Landcare Expo is part of the Chittering Spring Flower Festival. Head on up to Bindoon for more of the Festival. Then head on over to Gingin to see the famous kangaroo paws in the Gingin Cemetery on the
corner of Brockman St and Cairns Crescent. A local Gingin group has been undertaking weed control and revegetation work in the cemetery. Look for the brochure at the cemetery gate for more information on the wildflowers, the group and its work.

If you can’t get to Chittering for this Festival weekend, the Visitor Centre in Bindoon (and other Visitor Centres in the region) can provide information about spots to see wildflowers in the local area. The Chittering Landcare Centre holds a range of workshops throughout the year and can assist with land care matters, including wildflower and weed identification. See our webpage www.chitteringlandcare.org.au, email us at chitteringlandcare@iinet.net.au, or follow us on Facebook.

The Centre is generally open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm but it is recommended you ring 9571 0400 before visiting.

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