Wild Grasses of Victoria Courses

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.

If Covid-19 restrictions allow, the next courses will be in December 2022.

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

Here is a testimonial for the three-day course:

"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

The other course will involve two sessions of mixed tutorial and 'prac' on identification of grasses using keys.

Here's what two people said they liked about the sessions in December 2019:

"Lots of exposure to the keys with assistance from leaders in the field. Revision of the structure of a grass and refinement of skills in identifying the different parts of the flower which are so integral to using the keys. The set up with the microscopes was fantastic, and the class size just right."

"The new identification keys that were provided, combined with a very well equipped set-up and experts on hand to assist participants. (As well as delicious afternoon teas!)"

Depending on the Covid-19 situation, applications for the courses will be invited around early September 2021. Use the e-mail address at right to ask to go on our e-mail list if you wish to be kept up-to-date with this and other courses by Biosphere Pty Ltd.

Wetland Plants Course

The next wetland plants course will be run in January 2022, Covid-19 permitting. 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 quickly distinguish in the field between the most commonly-encountered wetland plant genera such as Juncus, Bolboschoenus, Carex, Cyperus, Isolepis, Persicaria and Azolla;
  • How to identify a wide range of species in the field;
  • How to use my easy-to-use key for identification of Juncus species;
  • The importance and function of ecological wetland processes such as the cycle of wetting and drying, the specialised dispersal of propagules and the cycling or accumulation of chemicals such as nutrients;
  • The ecology and management of wetland weeds; and
  • The basics of creating artificial wetlands and the roles they play

Notes and an identification key to Juncus will be provided.

Here's what three people said about the January 2020 courses:

"If you work in this field, this course is a must."

"Great opportunity to work closely with an expert in this field of study."

"Graeme is great at explaining and answering questions to suit people of all different levels of understanding/backgrounds. He is extremely knowledgeable and more than happy to answer questions, but also doesn't try to push his own agenda/opinions on others."

Depending on the Covid-19 situation, applications for the courses will be invited around November 2021. Use the e-mail address at right to ask to go on our e-mail list if you wish to be kept up-to-date with this and other courses by Biosphere Pty Ltd.