Fire Biology

Fire Biology
  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)

Years 11 and 12

The importance of fire to biodiversity

Bushfires are inevitable in the fire-prone landscapes of Western Australia. Long dry summers, flammable vegetation and ignition from lightning or human causes mean that bushfires occur every summer. The Noongar people had a deep understanding of the interaction between fire and biodiversity, however European settlement led to fire regimes in the past which impacted on the natural cycles of fire. Compare the effects of fire on natural and managed areas and consider how topography and land management affect fire behaviour. Discover the difference between bushfires and prescribed burning and why prescribed burns are critical for protecting life, property and the environment. Assess how different types of fire impact ecological communities, the adaptations of native plants to particular fire regimes and responses of animals to ensure survival of the species.


Biology ATAR Unit 1, Biology General Unit 1 and 4

COST: $14.00 per student for the excursion 

Excursion runs from 9.30am to 2pm including morning tea and lunch times. Groups arrive at 10 am then have 15-20 minutes for morning tea, activities commence after morning tea. Finish times can be adjusted to your needs.

Venues:

  • Wellington Discovery Forest, near Bunbury
  • RAC Margaret River Nature Park

Please note:

  1. Maximum students per group is 30. Multiple groups can be accommodated.
  2. Our booking officer will get back to you via email to confirm your excursion within 7 working days.