Wetland Plants Course, January 2019

Dr Graeme Lorimer will conduct this popular two-day course in January 2019. It can help anyone, from novice to botanist, to learn the identification and biology of wetland plants, both native and introduced. Plants of stream channels will also be discussed.

The course will cover:

  • How to differentiate between families of wetland plants - rushes, sedges, grasses, cumbungis, knotweeds, duckweeds etc.;
  • How to differentiate between groups of plants within these families, e.g. spike-rushes versus twig-rushes;
  • How to identify most commonly encountered species, in the field and with the aid of identification keys;
  • Ecological functioning of wetlands, e.g. plant/fauna interdependence, seasonal cycles, inter-annual variability and the cycling or accumulation of chemicals such as nutrients.

Notes and identification keys will be provided.

Contact the e-mail address at right if you'd like to be e-mailed when course details are released.

Wild Grasses of Victoria - Nov-Dec 2019

Biosphere Pty Ltd's Dr Graeme Lorimer has been running courses on the identification, ecology and management of wild grasses and their relatives for 30 years.

Applications for the 2018 course have closed and greatly exceeded the number that could be accommodated.

The next course will be in the 2018 flowering season. Over three days, it will train participants to identify almost all Victoria's wild species of grass (plus a few related species such as sedges and rushes). It also explains how to read the landscape and manage vegetation well through an understanding of the grass species present.

If you're wondering whether to express interest in next year's course, here is a testimonial:

"The grass course is inspiring and informative. Graeme provides a broad introduction into the world of grasses (as well as valuable knowledge to those with more experience) and provides a diverse range of activities for hands on learning. An absolute must for anyone interested in native grasses. Even if you weren't that interested in grasses before, you will be after the course."
 - Greg Waddell, native vegetation consultant

Contact the e-mail address at right if you'd like to be on the e-mailing list for future courses.