Detail to be announced.


Due to popular demand, Wally Bell and Mark Butz are guiding 2 rambles about the Ngunawal and National Capital cultures of Black Mountain and you can choose your time!

Black Mountain is an important element of the landscape from deep time to today. It may be one of the better known mountains in Australia because of research and studies done by CSIRO scientists and others. Join Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz , environmental historian , as they talk about the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain. 

Choose your time:

9.30am Sunday 15 November 2020 [FULLY BOOKED], OR
1.30pm Sunday 15 November 2020  [FULLY BOOKED]

Ramble, with some steep sections.

Some books will be fore sale, including Black Mountain: a Natural History of a Canberra Icon ($30), and Ngunawal Plant Use ($20).



Mark Butz and Wally Bell


WallyBell walk Tree

Detail to be announced.

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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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