13 April 2017
Want to find a way to make the most of our great outdoors, and learn more about the region’s cool coastal flora? Then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a genius new innovation on-hand to fulfill your needs.
The innovation comes in the form of NACC’s new Coastal Plant Pocket Guide – which is now an App on your smartphone.
Due to popular demand, NACC (with support from partners, community members and App developers), has created a digital user-friendly guide to identify local native coastal plants in the NACC NRM region.
The new App provides new and additional information about species identification, distribution, propagation, and uses by Aboriginal people. It also includes commonly encountered weed species, and how to control them.
Coastal and Marine Project Coordinator Mic Payne said: “We are pleased with the end product and look forward to hearing feedback from App users. A lot of work has gone into making this as informative as it is easy to use.”
“This is a great resource for community groups, schools, Local Government Authorities and contractors to help identify and understand these common species on our coast,” he said.
The App’s easy-to-navigate pages allow users to choose from a number of simple keys including growth habit, location and flower colour. Clear pictures help to distinguish between the most similar species people might encounter on the coast, and the App comes complete with a comprehensive reference list and glossary to help decipher any tricky plant jargon.
In addition to the new Coastal Plants app, NACC and the WA Department of Fisheries have also upgraded the popular Beachcomber App, which is now optimised for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, and features new information on invasive marine species.
This project is supported through funding from the Department of Planning’s Coastwest Program and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
To find out more about NACC Coastal Community Grants Program, go to NACC’s web page.
The Apps are available for free on iTunes and Google Play: