Join plant ecologist Michael Doherty for a walk and talk about plants and fire on Black Mountain and the varied responses of some of the common trees and shrubs found on the mountain.

Hear how our local flora copes fire, drought and low nutrients now and into the future.

Ramble with some steep sections and rough uneven ground.

Michael Doherty

Let’s join local botanist Isobel Crawford on the Black Mountain Woodland Trail to see which niches are preferred by Brittle Gum, Apple Box, Broad Leaf Peppermint, Red Stringybark trees, False sarsaparilla, Bitterpeas, Parrot Peas and other treasured plants.

The Woodland Walk Flora Interpretation Signage project was supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program 2016.

Ramble with some steep sections, rough uneven ground, and steps.

Woodland Walkers


Join Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz, historian, as they describe images of the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain.

A ramble with some steep sections, rough uneven ground, and steps.

Some Books will be for sale.

Wally Bell and Mark Butz


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Rosemary Purdie has been recognised in 2020 Volunteer Awards

Dr Rosemary Purdie
Dr Rosemary Purdie

Great News!

Dr Rosemary Purdie has been recognised with 'Highly Commended' for her Volunteer Leadership in the 2020 Volunteer Awards.

Rosemary Purdie is an outstanding volunteer and leader of volunteers. This is evident in her contribution to the conservation, management and promotion of Black Mountain Nature Reserve and surrounding areas for more than 8 years, individually and as a leader of volunteers, as well as more broadly.

Her excellent knowledge and the high regard in which Rosemary is held by the scientific community and community organisations enabled her coordination of the successful Black Mountain Symposium 2018. Its papers are held by the National Library and other libraries and were valuable for her and Ian Fraser to co-author Black Mountain a natural history of a Canberra icon; published in 2020 by Friends of Black Mountain as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Black Mountain being declared a conservation reserve.

Rosemary is a plant ecologist, is a key voluntary advisor to FoBM, and other organisations; such as the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. She regularly leads public walks, is the botanical leader for vegetation surveys, the weeding program, interpretive signage and booklets, and advises government agencies about issues related to the Nature Reserve, including controlled burning.

Rosemary consistently educates and inspires volunteers and community awareness about all things ecological in our environment and is highly regarded for leading and inspiring volunteers and members of the community in understanding the valuable ecology of Black Mountain Nature Reserve, helping them to overcome problems, and contribute to highly regarded stewardship of this Canberra icon.

Black Mountain: A natural history of a Canberra icon

Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon is for everyone to enjoy.

Black Mountain, geographically and metaphorically at the heart of Canberra, is celebrating 50 years of being a conservation reserve. Based on a series of scientific papers prepared by local experts, richly illustrated with maps, diagrams and photographs, this book is a go-to for current knowledge about the area's biodiversity and ecology.

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