No doubt many of you have enjoyed the alpine region with its wonderful wide views and colourful flora – especially those gorgeous swathes of daisies. But not all is gorgeous, as numerous large animals – deer in particular – are causing problems in this delicate environment.
The Friends have invited 3 speakers: Neville Walsh, Megan Hirst and Zachary Walker.
Come at 9.30 to register and to have a coffee or tea. The first session will start at 10am.
Session 1: Neville Walsh is the Senior Conservation Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and has just celebrated 40 years of employment at the RBGV. His talk will give an overview of High Country Flora, with a mainland focus. Neville has a background in botanical survey work and particularly of alpine/subalpine vegetation and he continues with this work from time to time. We are so fortunate to have him as a regular presenter for the Cranbourne Friends.
Session 2: Megan Hirst is the Seed Bank Officer for the Victorian Conservation Seedbank (VCS), which is located at the National Herbarium Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. She will be speaking on Alpine daisies and Brachyscome in particular. Megan’s main research interest is the Australasian genus Brachyscome and she had research plots for a few yearsat the Australian Garden where plants were cultivated under differing controlled conditions. Megan is currently working on the DNA of the group to ascertain its phylogeny (evolutionary relationships and patterns of lines of descent).
Session 3: Zac Walker is a Research Officer at the Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology, Latrobe University. Over the past two decades, sambar deer and their impact have become increasingly noticeable and concerning above the tree-line in the Australian Alps. Zac Walker will discuss his research, which looks at the impacts of deer on some of the threatened alpine plant communities on the Bogong High Plains.
The morning will conclude with a Q&A. Booking form available here.