Conservation

Western Australia has an extraordinarily rich variety of native orchid species, many of which grow nowhere else in the world. Our orchids are often highly adapted to specific aspects of their habitats, including such things as drainage, soil type, and the presence of certain fungi and pollinators. Therefore, one of the aims of our group is to promote the conservation of WA native orchids in their natural environment enabling future generations of enthusiast to continue to enjoy them.

All flora (including orchids) is protected on Crown land and can only be picked or dug up with an appropriate license and the approval of the land manager. Flora on private land, with the exception of threatened flora, can be taken with the approval of the landowner and does not require a license if not being taken for commercial purposes.

Threatened flora has additional protection under the provisions in the Western Australian Biodiversity Conservation Act (2016) and cannot be taken from any lands including Private land without a special license and the approval of the land owner.

A link to the Biodiversity Conservation Act is here
https://www.legislation.wa.gov.au/legislation/statutes.nsf/law_a147120.html

Note: the Biodiversity Conservation Act (2016) replaces the old Wildlife
Conservation Act (1950).