Seed collecting

Conservation management notes

This note is for landowners wishing to collect native seed for revegetation projects on their land. Collection, cleaning and storage methods are outlined, as well as guidelines for ethical and sustainable collection.

1 June 2011
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISBN 978-1-74293-318-4
  • ID OEH20110661
  • File PDF 643KB
  • Pages 4
  • Name seed-collecting-conservation-management-notes-110661.pdf

Collecting sustainably and ethically

These guidelines will help protect the source area when seeds and other material, (such as underground stems, fern spores and cuttings) are being collected:

  • avoid unnecessary damage (e.g. trampling of understorey plants)
  • ensure nesting sites, tree hollows or other animal habitats are not disturbed
  • do not remove more seed or plant material than is required
  • do not remove more than 20 percent of the fruit from any one plant
  • do not take more than 10 percent of plant material from any one plant (larger seed quantities should be obtained by collecting from more plants)
  • avoid bringing weeds into the collection site by cleaning shoes, collection equipment, etc
  • take particular care when collecting from rare or threatened plants
  • if collecting may put a local population of a species further at risk, it may be better not to collect at all.