Wetland Plants Course booked out

Applications have closed for the two-day course on wetland plants on 17th & 24th January 2020. The next wetland plants course will be announced in late 2020.

These courses can help anyone, from novice to botanist, to learn the identification and biology of wetland plants, both native and introduced. Plants of stream channels are also discussed.

The courses 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 are provided.

Weather permitting, each morning is spent walking around wetlands, covering the topics listed above. The afternoons are spent indoors to see microscopic features projected on a screen, learn to use the identification keys, and discuss wetland ecology and management.

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

Grass Course Offerings for 2020

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

Applications for the 2019 courses have closed and exceeded the number that could be accommodated.

The next courses will be in the 2020 flowering season, in December.

One course will be over three full days. It will teach everyone from novices to professional botanists about the identification, ecology and management of grasses and grassy vegetation. Rushes and sedges are covered in less detail.

The other course will be in tutorial style, effectively a master-class in identification of grasses using keys.

If you're wondering whether to get onto Biosphere Pty Ltd's email list to be notified about 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.