XIIIth Australian Bryophyte Workshop—Flinders Ranges and Adelaide, South Australia

The first part of the workshop will be based at Pichi Richi Park, a conference and group venue near Quorn in the Flinders Ranges, from Saturday 20 – Wednesday 24 August and will be followed by identification sessions and expert workshops at the University of Adelaide on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August, 2016.

Overview

Departure will be from Adelaide on Saturday morning (20 August) to travel to Pichi Richi Park, visiting some sites on the western side of the lower Flinders Ranges. The next three days will be spent exploring the southern Flinders Ranges area. There will be opportunity for talks and discussions during the evenings. On Wednesday morning (24 August) we will depart from Pichi Richi Park and travel back to Adelaide, making collecting stops on the eastern side of the Ranges. Sites to visit will be chosen depending on weather conditions prior to the workshop, as rainfall events in these areas are highly variable and unpredictable.

The remainder of the Workshop (Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August) will be based at the University of Adelaide. There will be training sessions by experts on special interest groups, especially those with experience of arid bryophytes, and access to a well-equipped laboratory setting with microscopes. This will allow for detailed examination and identification of your collections, especially material gathered during the Workshop. There will be at least one short trip to the nearby Adelaide Hills to compare the diversity in a wetter area.

It may be possible to extend the sessions to Saturday 27 August. Please indicate in the registration form whether you are interested in this possibility and/or whether you would like to examine the State Herbarium collections of any particular group(s).

Flinders Accommodation, 20–24 August

PichiRichiLogoAccommodation will be in shared facilities at Pichi Richi Park in the Flinders Ranges. Pichi Richi is surrounded by 400 hectares of native bushland. Devil’s Peak, Mt Brown Conservation Park and the Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park are close by.

Temperatures during late August are likely to be warm during the day, but could be very cold at night.

Please note that mobile phone reception is not available in this region.

Adelaide Accommodation, 25–26 August

Please indicate whether you would prefer some kind of group accommodation, or would prefer to arrange your own accommodation. Various accommodation options can be provided.

Arrival & Departure

Adelaide Airport is close to the city centre and very convenient, with daily flights from other Australian capitals. Direct flights from outside Australia are fairly limited.

Departure will be at 9 am Saturday so please consider staying in Adelaide the previous night. Please ensure you include your mobile phone number on the registration form for urgent updates. Please advise your travel details to Graham Bell well in advance to enable transport arrangements from the airport to be organised.

Field Trips & Collecting

Flinders Ranges bluffs east of Wilpena main entrance (David Edgecombe)

Flinders Ranges bluffs east of Wilpena main entrance (David Edgecombe)

Some sites in the lower Flinders Ranges area were burnt by very serious fires in 2013–2014. A visit to a regeneration site may be possible. Rainfall prior to the Workshop will greatly influence what sites will be visited—this cannot be confirmed until close to the Workshop dates.

A permit for collecting (with appropriate lodgement conditions) will be obtained for the duration and under the auspices of the Workshop. Any collecting outside the Workshop will need a separate permit from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Please contact Graham Bell for any assistance needed with this aspect.

Insurance

Unfortunately it is financially impossible for us to provide personal insurance for you as part of the Workshop. Please ensure that you have adequate insurance cover for all eventualities, from your departure to your return home.

Registration

Due to the remoteness of the field sites and accommodation, it may be necessary to limit registrations to 25 people, so your earliest reply will ensure your participation and allow organisers to plan effectively. Please advise whether you will be attending the whole Workshop or only part. Attendance of only the Adelaide sessions is possible and the registration fee will be negotiable.

Fill out the registration form and send it with payment by post, fax or email.

  • Post: D. Christine Cargill, Australian National Botanic Gardens, GPO Box 1777, Canberra, ACT 2601
  • Fax: (02) 62509599, Attention Chris Cargill
  • Email: Chris.Cargill@environment.gov.au

Payment

The registration cost is AU$475 which includes accommodation and meals at Pichi Richi Park and minibus transport during the Workshop. Bring sleeping bags and/or your own linen. If you require linen (fitted & flat sheet, quilt & cover, towel, pillow & slip) there is an additional charge of $17.00 to be added to the payment made upon registration.

Please note that meals and accommodation in Adelaide are NOT included and will be at personal discretion.

Full payment is required upon registration.

The Australian Bryophyte Group can provide a discounted registration fee to students who wish to attend the workshop. To be eligible you will need to give a presentation of your research, either as a poster or as a talk. Please provide details and some official verification of your student status with the registration form. Contact Pina Milne e: pina.milne@rbg.vic.gov.au to discuss any queries.

Please submit forms and payment by Friday 1 July 2016.

Cheque Payment:
Pay to: Dale Christine Cargill
Send cheque to: D. Christine Cargill
Australian National Botanic Gardens
GPO Box 1777, Canberra, ACT 2601

Bank transfer:
Acct Name: Dale C. Cargill & Josephine Milne
BSB: 063 243
Acct No.: 1033 3071

Contact Graham Bell for any queries other than registration issues:
Graham.Bell@sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8222 9346 [weekdays]

Registration Form