Participants will learn:
• how to differentiate between different species of grasses
(plus a little on related families such as rushes),
• how to recognise a number of wild grass species (in flower
or seed), both native and introduced, which provide the
best indication of the ecological health and conservation
values of a grassy area, and
• basics of managing grassy areas, including management for
conservation and agriculture, and the threats to grassy areas
resulting from bad management .
Contents: Graeme will provide illustrated notes, including descriptions of the 20 or
so common grasses that are best to learn for understanding the ecology
and conservation value of a grassy site.
Half of each day will involve taking the group for a walk in a grassy
location to put the theory into practice in the field and to learn field
characters for grass identification and landscape interpretation. Groups
will be asked to find as many grass species as possible in a small plot,
and then to try identifying them using the notes (with help from Graeme
Graeme will demonstrate some principles of managing grassy vegetation,
such as careful timing of activities and the use of selective herbicides.
Graeme will display useful resources for ongoing learning about grasses
and other plants, including books, instruments, CD-ROMs, a plant press
and pressed specimens.
The second day will take place on the 5th December.