WALGA Field Training on Plant (Native and Weed) Recognition in Natural Areas

WALGA Field Training on Plant (Native and Weed) Recognition in Natural Areas
26 Sep
26 Sep


Local Government is responsible for the conservation and protection of natural areas of many different ecological communities. These can include coastal heathlands to woodlands and forests, and also water bodies like lakes, wetlands, and rivers. Natural areas contain significant biodiversity values, with the Perth metropolitan area within one of the world’s recognised top 36 biodiversity hotspots. 

To implement effective management programs to protect and conserve these areas, an understanding of the key diagnostic characteristics of different native vegetation complexes, and identification of native species and weeds, is necessary.

The field training will cover:
  • plant identification in three vegetation complexes in the Perth Metropolitan area, ranging from the Swan Coastal Plain (coastal heath and banksia woodlands) through to the Darling Scarp (jarrah forest)
  • identification of common weed species in the four main weed groups (grasses, broadleaf, bulb and woody weeds), in wetland and dryland environments
  • distinguishing features of native and weed species with a similar growth form, for instances grasses, and
  • understanding of weed recruitment and common weed species post-disturbance (e.g. fire, earthworks).
The training will be led by two experienced environmental scientists; Community Bushland Coordinator, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Julia Cullity and Lecturer in Conservation and Land Management, South Metropolitan TAFE, Liz Penter.

Participants will be provided with identification references and resources, and also have the opportunity to each make a weed field herbarium. All materials will be supplied. Please dress appropriately for the weather, wear long pants and enclosed shoes, and bring a hat and refillable water bottle. 

Morning tea and lunch will be provided. Participants will be provided with bus transport between sites.
Please note: Places are limited to 30 participants.

To register, please contact WALGA's Environment Team or call (08) 9213 2065. Details of the bus departure point and sites will be provided in mid-September.

Target Audience

Local Government Officers ONLY
WALGA Field Training on Plant (Native and Weed) Recognition in Natural Areas
  • Thursday, 26 September 2019
  • 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Bus will leave on time)
  • Bus-trip details will be provided upon registration.
  • $77.00 (incl GST)
RSVP by Monday, 19 September
(places are limited to 30 participants)
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