Broome Botanical Society

Valuable & Threatened

Broome Botanical Society Research Released

Environs Kimberley has worked with Broome Botanical Society to finalise important research about one of the Kimberley’s most threatened ecosystems; Monsoon Vine Thickets of the Dampier Peninsula.

Extensive surveys of the Monsoon Vine Thickets (MVT’s) were conducted by the Broome Botanical Society (BBS) in partnership with the DEC, between 2000 and 2002. Before this study, almost no scientific surveys of  Peninsula MVT’s had been published, and no-one knew how many patches of thickets there were, or how large an area they covered.

The scientific report;  ”A comprehensive survey of the flora, extent and condition of vine thickets on coastal sand dunes of Dampier Peninsula, West Kimberley 2000-2002” was conducted on a volunteer basis, with Environs Kimberley supporting its completion in 2010.


You can access the report here-  Vine Thicket Report 20 sept 2010_public version


In 2012, the West Kimberley Nature Project, supported BBS to develop a colourful, plain-English booklet which outlines values, threats and conservation priorities identified in the study.


You can access the media release EK BBS Media Release 16.01.13


Limited copies of the booklet were made available to the community at the Bardi Jawi Ranger base in One Arm Point, the Nyul Nyul Ranger base in Beagle Bay with community presentations about the findings planned for early 2013.


Copies are available for loan at the Broome Public Library, and limited number are available for purchase at the EK office at Lotteries House Cable Beach Road and the EK Stall at the Courthouse Markets, with funds going toward reprinting. Please phone the office (08) 91921922 with any enquiries.


You can also download the document online here












Who are we?

The Broome Botanical Society’s: Sally Black, Tim Willing and David Dureau conducted  the initial surveys in partnership with the Department of Environment and Conservation. Much of the work was unfunded and conducted on a voluntary basis by Broome Botanical Society.

WATSCU was funded at the time by NHT to do some aligned and collaborative work.

The West Kimberley Nature Project (WKNP) is run by ecologist Louise Beames at Environs Kimberley and funded by Rangelands NRM WA through the Caring for our Country and supported through The State NRM WA.

Compilation and writing of the full scientific report was completed mostly on a volunteer basis by principle author Sally Black. The Environs Kimberley WKNP supported Sally and the BBS to finalise the full scientific report in 2010.

The plain-English publication “Valuable & Threatened” has been compiled by Louise Beames and Emma Bellfield (Environs Kimberley) with the assistance of Sally Black.