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Weekend 11-14 November 2016
Spring on the Victorian Volcanic Plain: Native Grasslands, Stony Rises, Lakes and Seasonal Wetlands
The Victorian Volcanic Plain Biosphere Committee is working towards establishing a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve over the Victorian Volcanic Plain bioregion in Victoria. One of the main aims of this weekend tour around Camperdown is to raise the profile and appreciation of the critically endangered grasslands and grassy woodlands in the region.
We invite you to join us for an interesting natural history weekend, where we will showcase a number of features around the Camperdown area, including visits to Plains Grassland sites, stony rises and several significant lakes.
The area we will visit is at the centre of the Western District Ramsar Lakes, which have fascinating hypersaline ecology. The diversity of habitats on the Victorian Volcanic Plain is substantial and we've designed this event to help you experience the original natural habitats, understand the threats to the region's values and the priority actions for conservation.
We've chosen a selection of special places that you wouldn't normally visit, including interesting remnants on private land, and we've invited a number of local experts to explain the various features to you.
We're excited to share the unique values of these locations with you!
Friday 11 Nov - Registration:
Early registrations, dinner at a local pub (at own cost), with experts available for grass ID discussions.
Saturday 12 Nov - Tour day 1, Lakes and stony rises:
Late registrations in the morning then a day of site visits. This is the 'lakes and stony rises' day. We'll visit and showcase a number of key lake sites around Lake Corangamite. Dinner at the local golf club with presentations from local experts.
Sunday 13 Nov - Tour day 2, Grasslands:
A second day of site visits. This is the 'grasslands' day. We'll do a circuit, including Lake Bookaar and around Cressy.
Monday 14 Nov - Optional tours:
Local expert Stuart McCallum will guide anyone that remains around several local features.
What you're paying for
Packed lunch Saturday, plus tea and coffee
Dinner Saturday night at the golf club
(you'll need to purchase your drinks)
Packed lunch Sunday, plus tea and coffee
Venue hire and other minor costs
A small contribution to the cause
We've organised meals from local suppliers and venues and we've negotiated a good price.
Our fantastic and knowledgeable speakers, and our organisers, aren't charging for their time which means we can keep the ticket cost right down.
We're keen to ensure that this event is affordable so that we don't exclude anyone from experiencing and learning about the beauty and values of the VVP. If for some reason the ticket price is an issue for you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to find a way to accomodate you.
This is a driving tour, where we'll drive in convoy to each site then get out of our cars to observe and learn, walking around each site and listening to experts explain the features. Some sites will involve more walking than others. We'll provide options for longer and shorter walks where we can and we'll also encourage car pooling.
You'll need to organise your own travel and accommodation. Once you've registered, we'll send you a list of suggested accommodation options, with a range of prices. We recommend you book early!
If you feel you need more information before purchasing a ticket, please send us an email at email@example.com.
It'll be an inspiring weekend learning about the interesting values of the region with like-minded people.
We may even get to see some of these beauties: