Friends of Black Mountain Weeding Work Party

Saturday 7 April 2018

9:00am—12:00 noon

At the last work party, our wonderful weeders removed 55 mature woody weeds and collected 9 bags of rubbish as well as many large loose items as a contribution to the Clean Up Australia Day. A big thank you to the work party members, and our Ranger who took the rubbish away.

On 7 April we shall be concentrating on removing the young non-local Melaleucas and other plants that have emerged since the occasional rain, so that the local native plants, such as Leptospermum multicaule, can continue to thrive. We will need diggers for that, and I wonder if you have a small digger that you may like to bring along, in case we do not have enough in the car. There will also be some weeds big enough to cut and dab as well.

Weeding soolya

Meet

At the Belconnen Way entry to Black Mountain Nature Reserve. Look for balloons.

Bring

Enthusiasm, your family and friends, water (and a small digger, if you wish). Everyone is welcome.

Wear

Hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, stout shoes.

Please book

A delicious morning tea will be provided about 10:00am. If you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com or phone 0437 298 711, as this helps with the catering.

Also, having your contact number helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions). If you need further information, please contact by email or phone 0437 298 711.

 

Conserving a notable Snow Gum in high traffic

Sunday 15 April 2018

9.30am—12.00 noon

Join local conservationist Jean Geue and discover the Snow Gums at Glenloch Interchange, a core conservation site in the midst of high volume traffic. This small area of Snow Gum Woodland includes an ancient tree that is listed as a notable tree in “Trees and Shrubs of Canberra” by Pryor and Banks. There were protests that caused change to the Glenloch Interchange to save it.

This ramble is across rough uneven ground.

Oh, if you want to hear more about protests, register for the Black Mountain symposium, 24 & 25 August, also!

Snowgum walk
Photographers fascinated by Pryor’s notable Snow Gum

Meet

At the stile for Frost Hollow to Forest Walk, at Glenloch Interchange, near Aranda Snow Gums.

From the south side of Canberra; from the Glenloch Interchange follow the brown road signs to the Black Mountain Reserve Car Park. Look for balloons marking the last turnoff and the stile.

From the north side, take Bindubi Street, turn left at the T-intersection into William Hovell Drive, then left at the banners.

BYO

Morning tea, water, snacks. Remember to wear a hat, and sturdy shoes. Generally easy walk with possible tunnel.

Cost

Gold coin donation. Some books also for sale.

Bookings

Please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda (0437 298 711) so that you can be contacted in case arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).

 

Woodland Walk is a Black Mountain treasure

Friday 20 April 2018

9.30am—12.00 noon

You have driven past Black Mountain many times, and may have walked its trails, but what are its botanic treasures?

Join local botanist, Dr Rosemary Purdie, to walk and talk about this iconic reserve and its key characteristics for the conservation movement. The Woodland Walk Flora Interpretation Signage project was supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program in 2016/17. Generally easy ramble with some steep sections, rough uneven ground, and steps.

Oh, and if you would like to hear more about the mountain’s treasures, register for the Black Mountain symposium, 24-25 August!

Rosemary Purdie and the ramblers in dappled shade of Woodland Walk
Rosemary Purdie and the ramblers in dappled shade of Woodland Walk

Meet

At the Caswell Drive car park on Black Mountain. Drive from Belconnen Way southwards along Caswell Drive towards Glenloch Interchange, Woden, Tuggeranong. Note the yellow diamond shape advisory sign showing access road on left, and the blue and white “P” sign for parking. Pull into the carpark. Look for banners.

Cost

Gold coin donation. Some books also for sale.

BYO

Morning tea, water, snacks. Remember to wear a hat, and sturdy shoes. Generally easy walk with possible tunnel.

Bookings

Please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda (0437 298 711) so that you can be contacted in case arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).

 

Trees, Shrubs and Fire on Black Mountain

Sunday 22 April 2018

9.30am—12.00 noon

Join local plant ecologist Michael Doherty for a walk and talk identifying the common trees and shrubs found on Black Mountain, including Scribbly Gum, Brittle Gum and Red Stringybark, and discussing how they cope with low nutrients, drought and fire. Generally easy ramble, but with some steep sections and some rough ground.

If you wish to learn even more about local plants and fire ecology register for the FOBM Black Mountain Symposium, 24 & 25 August 2018.

Michael Doherty explains the characteristics of this eucalypt tree our ramblers
Michael Doherty explains the characteristics of this eucalypt tree our ramblers

Meet

At the Frith Road, Acton, at stile. Look for the banners.

Cost

Gold coin donation. Some books also for sale.

BYO

Morning tea, water, snacks. Remember to wear a hat, and sturdy shoes. Generally easy walk with possible tunnel.

Bookings

Please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda (0437 298 711) so that you can be contacted in case arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).

 

Ngunawal and National Capital Cultures of Black Mountain

Friday 27 April 2018

9.30am—12.00 noon

Black Mountain is significant because of its geology and plant diversity. It is also an important element of the indigenous and the national capital landscape, including the design for Canberra by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. It may be the best-known mountain in Australia because of research and studies done by CSIRO and others.

Join Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz, historian, as they talk about the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain. Generally easy ramble with some steep sections, rough uneven ground, and steps.

Oh, and if you wish to hear more about stories and cultures of the area, register for the Black Mountain symposium, 24 & 25 August!

Wally Bell showed particular characteristics of the bark in this tree
Wally Bell showed particular characteristics of the bark in this tree

Meet

At the Caswell Drive car park on Black Mountain side. Drive from Belconnen Way southwards along Caswell Drive towards Glenloch Interchange, Woden, Tuggeranong. Note the yellow diamond shape advisory sign showing access road on left, and the blue and white “P” sign for parking. Pull into the carpark. Look for banners.

Cost

Gold coin donation. Some books also for sale. BYO morning tea, water, snacks. Remember to wear a hat, and sturdy shoes. Generally easy walk with possible tunnel. Bookings Please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com, or phone Linda (0437 298 711) so that you can be contacted in case arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).

 

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