A British-Australian multidisciplinary research project to the Kimberley region of north-western Australia. Joint project between the Royal Geographical Society and the Linnean Society of London, in co-operation with the Government of Western Australia.
The Kimberley region of Western Australia is a wild, sparsely populated and under-researched area into which access is often difficult. Lying between the Great Sandy Desert in the south and the humid, forested coastline of the Timor Sea to the north, it encompasses a great variety of habitats. Among these is one of the most striking areas of limestone terrain and deeply dissected sandstone in the world.
1988 marked the bicentenary of both the Linnean Society of London, the oldest biological society in the world, and the establishment of the first European settlement in Australia. To celebrate these two anniversaries, a joint British-Australian scientific project was organised to the Napier, Oscar and King Leopold Ranges in the heart of the Kimberley.
The objectives of the project were:
- Field research in an exciting and little-known wilderness area and a key wet-dry tropical region
- To create an opportunity for collaborative work between Australian and British scientists and thereby foster an improved and lasting liaison
- Preparation of a series of educational publications and videos as a important legacy to the project
- Involving young Australians in environmental awareness through direct field participation as part of an organised educational activity
- Promoting an increased awareness, nationally and internationally, of the Kimberley as an area of outstanding interest and natural beauty