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Topic Careers/Involvement
Question What are some of the hazards in working in grasslands?
Expert Neville Walsh
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Neville Walsh is Senior Conservation Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. His work involves both plant identification and classification, and, conservation. Neville's roles include naming and describing new plant species and investigating how rare species can be conserved.

Not that it’s ever been a problem for me but hay fever is something that can make life a pain for some people who work in grasslands. Of course there are snakes, but they usually get out of your way, and it is very easy to get sunburnt if you don’t protect yourself against it. And, often wandering around in paddocks close to farms or houses, people are often suspicious of what you’re up to and you can spend a fair bit of time explaining to them what you’re doing. This costs time, but usually has a positive spinoff, informing them a little about grasslands and their importance.

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