Adaptations to Bushfire

Welcome to the Adaptations to Bushfire webpage. The following tasks have been designed to support your fieldwork excursion.

Pre-Excursion Task

Please complete the following task with students prior to your Brewongle excursion.

Conduct online research to identify 4-5 structural adaptations of Australian native plants to bushfire. Explain how the structural features help the plant survive when affected by bushfire.

Collate this information in a table to bring to your Brewongle excursion. The table should include:

  • Plant type or species
  • Structural adaptation to bushfire
  • How the adaptation helps the plant survive


Some helpful links to support your research:


Post Excursion Tasks

Task 1. Your School (Processing Geographical Information)

Use the Book Creator file you created on your excursion to identify the plants around your school.

What can you do to reduce the risk of (mitigate) bushfire at your school while managing natural habitat and biodiversity?


Task 2. Bushfire Disaster in Your Local Region (Communicating Geographical Information)

Research a bushfire disaster in your local area (for example, the Gospers Mountain Bushfire of 2019/20) and make a creative presentation (poster, infographic, etc) including the following:

  1. Identify the location and extent of the bushfire
  2. Describe the impact of the disaster on natural vegetation
  3. Evaluate the damage caused to communities


Task 3. Your Future

How can people be more prepared if they live in bushfire prone areas? Design a project to teach your local community how to:

  • Identify bushfire risk, and
  • Prevent and minimise the effects of a bushfire


Wildlife Recovery

Wildlife recovery has been slow and while some species may never recover, others have shown incredible instinct (or luck) to survive fires. Wildlife rescuers and supporters have received funding to set up wildlife feed and water stations in bushfire affected areas. The YouTube videos below identify a range of species utilising a wildlife feed and water station in Colo Heights after the Gospers Mountain Bushfire.

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