Wetland Plants Course, February 2021

Dr Graeme Lorimer will conduct this popular two-day course in February 2021. 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.

Where: Templestowe, Victoria.

When: Choose from 3 alternative groups, each meeting on 2 days, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm:

  • Group 1: Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th February;
  • Group 2: Fridays, 12th & 19th February;
  • Group 3: Monday 15th & Tuesday 16th February.

Cost: $270 plus GST = $297

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 and the specialised dispersal of propagules;
  • 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.

Participants must maintain physical distancing and wear a face mask.

These courses always book out but it is not a 'first come - first served' process. Those who missed out last year are given priority this year. Other applicants will go into a random ballot for remaining positions. If you're unlucky this year, you will have a priority position next year.

Applications are due by 8 pm, 3rd February 2021. The outcome of the ballot will be announced the following day.

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 2021.

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!)"