Life honour for botanist

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Busselton Naturalists Club patrons Kay Lehman, Robin Flowers, Peter Watson, Harry De Vries, Bernie Masters, Will Oldfield and Natasha Moore congratulate Dennis Cooper on his life membership
Camera IconBusselton Naturalists Club patrons Kay Lehman, Robin Flowers, Peter Watson, Harry De Vries, Bernie Masters, Will Oldfield and Natasha Moore congratulate Dennis Cooper on his life membership Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Jackson Lavell-Lee

Busselton Naturalists Club awarded founding member Dennis Cooper life membership last week.

Mr Cooper has contributed immeasurably to the protection and conservation of native vegetation in the region, with particular emphasis on botanical work monitoring populations of threatened flora species.

Working closely with City officers and the local Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions botanists, Mr Cooper has rescued numerous rare Verticordia (Featherflower) shrubs.

Mr Cooper took a special interest in the Ambergate Reserve, a 75ha City of Busselton reserve managed with the assistance of Busselton Naturalists Club.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said Mr Cooper was an integral member of the Busselton community.

“I congratulate him for his years of dedicated, hard work and particularly his significant botanical work in the region,” he said.

Busselton Naturalists Club is searching for volunteers to continue Mr Cooper’s exceptional work with native wildflowers.

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