Recently our Year 11 Biology students went on an excursion to Bold Park to examine native plants and their ecosystems. Students identified and collected seeds from various native Australian plants and learnt what threats our native flora are facing in a changing climate, and what scientists are doing to help conserve and safeguard these species.

The students learnt that some native seeds will only germinate in specific conditions, and many have adaptations that will only allow them to germinate after a fire. Students then surveyed areas of the park to compare a rehabilitated area with a non-rehabilitated area and found that the biodiversity of the rehabilitated area was a lot higher, reinforcing the importance of conservation in our urban ecosystem.