The course brings together leading researchers and experts to share
up to date knowledge and thinking about this landscape in
It is field based and participants will work in small groups.
It emphasises ecological understanding and relationships
and techniques that improve observation and data collection
skills which can then be applied to other areas.
Participants will gain:
• a better understanding of the distribution, natural values and ecological processes of the Box Ironbark ecosystem
• an understanding of the impact of human use on the
ecosystem, past and present
• practical skills in observation, description, survey, analysis, interpretation, map reading and ecosystem monitoring of flora, fauna, geomorphology and soils
• opportunity to apply new skills in a group project and to collate and communicate project findings
• resources to help plan for enhanced ecologically
sustainable management outcomes for Box Ironbark
remnants on private and public land.
Accommodation is in comfortable shared rooms with
Catering covers meals and most refreshments.
• Distribution and history of the Box Ironbark ecosystem including indigenous use and post settlement impacts.
• Introductory sessions on geomorphology, soils, fauna and vegetation communities.
• Flora and Fauna of the region – how to read the
landscape, search for and identify the plants, reptiles,
birds, mammals and invertebrates that inhabit Box
• Detailed study of ecological interactions between
landscape, soils, plants and animals and implications for management.
• Survey skills and project planning.
•Field study projects conducted by participants with guidance from course instructors.
• Data collection and interpretation techniques to assist management
• An illustrated presentation by a leading researcher.
• Spotlighting & bat trapping (weather permitting).
The 30 participants will include a mix of people representing public and private land managers of Box Ironbark remnants and other key interest groups. Detailed information will be mailed to successful applicants in early October.
$1200 includes accommodation, meals, transport, instruction,
course notes and GST. Deposit ($600) or full fee payable with application. Balance payable by 30 September 2006.
FarmBis subsidy may be available.