Landholder booklet launch and free rainforest identification day

Join Natasha English from Bellinger Landcare and botanical guru John Ross at a workshop in Bellingen on Wednesday, May 17.

“We are excited to officially launch our Bellinger River Landholder Booklet and explain some of the simple ways you can care for the riparian areas on your property or small holding,” Natasha said.

“Combined with this we will be hosting a rainforest identification workshop.

“Come and learn the basics of keying local rainforest species using the ‘Red Book’, ‘Rainforest Trees and Shrubs. A field guide to their identification’.

“The botanical and keying knowledge gained will also assist participants in using the more recently available USB and Rainforest Plants of Australia APP developed from this book.”

This will be briefly demonstrated on the day by Natasha.

Rainforest tubestock.

Rainforest tubestock.

The morning session will provide an explanation of “keying” and other plant identification methods/processes, with an explanation of the basic botanical features used in the ‘Red Book’ for keying.

Specimens, books and hand lenses will be supplied.

“In the afternoon we will practice keying out 6 or 7 specimens,” Natasha said.

“If you have ever wanted to know more about the unique plants of Bellingen this is a terrific place to start.”

Places are limited – a maximum of 20 people. Participants will work in groups of two or three.

Times: 9am for 9.30am start ~ 45 min lunch.  

Finish 3.30pm

Location: To be supplied on registration.

Landcare will also provide notes on methods of plant ID, botanical features used in keying using Red Book and other information.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

“All participants will take home a rainforest plant (TBA) a copy of the Landholder Booklet,” Natasha said.

“There will be a lucky door prize of the Rainforest Book to give away, once people have registered with Bellinger Landcare and provided an email address.”

This workshop is proudly supported by the NSW Environmental Trust.

For more information: Contact Natasha English – Bellinger Landcare 6655 0588 or email: nenglishbellingerlandcare@gmail.com

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