The Current Calendar (below) includes FoG and related activities. To be kept fully up to date with FoG activities, become a member, get the newsletter and if you have email access you'll also get the FoG E-bulletin with all the latest news and information. If you have queries about any of the activities below, contact the person nominated, or Contact Us.

FoG visits many private or public properties during the year to assist in plant identification and management issues. These visits usually do not appear in the FoG program because we may not know what to expect at such sites and because they are usually arranged at short notice. If you are interested in participating in property visits, Contact Us.

Please advertise this information amongst your friends and networks and support our activities.

Non FoG members are welcome to participate in FoG events.

For any FoG activity you should register with the indicated contact, who can assist with directions and possibly car pooling. By registering you assist us to organise any catering and provide you with any other information that you may need, including late changes. For all FoG activities please supply your emergency contact person's details when registering.


10 – 12 October, National Landcare Conference 2018, Brisbane

‘Landcare – Building a Better Tomorrow’ is the title of this year’s conference. Registrations are now open for the conference and awards. Details are at Earlybird rego (extended) ends on 12 August (11.59 pm!), and there is a huge discount to register if you are a volunteer landcarer, i.e. not paid to do it. GCG is nominated in the national awards, so it would be great to have GCG landcarers at the conference. The organisers have just announced that Pip Courtney, host of Landline on ABC TV, will MC the conference and awards gala dinner. (Note: Ginninderra Catchment Group (which covers ACT’s Belconnen and Gungahlin areas) is nominated in the national awards, so you will know probably know other people at the conference.)

Sunday 14 October, Revisit Ballyhooly, SE of Bungendore NSW, when the flowers are out

‘Ballyhooly’ is a 1000 acre property of two FOG members, with a number of bushwalks mapped on it. Meet at 10 am at the property. This is Yellow Box–Red Gum grassy woodland with much fauna. Register with for a map and further details. Take your own lunch, and dress for the weather and possible snakes. Walking conditions are moderate to easy. FOG last visited in March 2017.


Suzanne Orr (MLA for Yerrabi, in the ACT Government), with FOG, is hosting a clean-up on Saturday 20 October, 11 am–1 pm at North Mitchell grassland, followed immediately by a bbq lunch for all the volunteers. Meet at the CHRISTINA STEAD entrance near Flemington Rd. More information:


Help celebrate the Snowy River environmental water release. Register at 9am for 9.30 start, 1.30 pm finish, at Dalgety Community Hall, Dalgety, NSW. Free refreshments and a barbecue lunch, and a range of displays and interesting speakers, on:

Lauren Van Dyke will lead the children in a Waterwatch activity at the weir after lunch. Accommodation is available at Snowy River Holiday Park, or Buckley's Crossing Hotel.

For full details, email who can send you the organisers’ fliers.

24 and 25 October (revised dates), grassland forum, Canberra: ‘A Vision for Grassland Management & Restoration’

You (land managers, policy makers, researchers, volunteers, NGO personnel and anyone with an interest in grasslands) are invited to attend a grassland forum called ‘A vision for grassland management & restoration’ to explore recent achievements and next steps in the understanding, management and restoration of our Natural Temperate Grasslands.

Day 1 comprises talks and discussion at Gold Creek Station, Hall. Day 2 is a field trip to grassland restoration at Molonglo River Reserve, Ginninderra Creek in Evatt, and Mulanggari Grassland Nature Reserve and Franklin grassland in Gungahlin, ACT.


Presenters invited include Dr Paul Gibson-Roy (Greening Australia) and Nathan Wong (Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises) to share their experience with us. The Discussion panel includes Professor Kate Auty (Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment), Ian Walker (ACT Conservator), Maree Gilbert (ACT Government) and Sarah Sharp (FOG).

The event is free, includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea, and is open to the general public. Be sure to register at

Sunday 28 October, Workparty at Stirling Park Yarralumla

Another of the regular Sunday workparties at Stirling Park. For details, please register with

Volunteer training

FOG needs a number of our volunteers to be trained in important skills to run our work parties safely. We have to keep an updated register of trained volunteers under our agreement with the National Capital Authority. Consequently, if you have a qualification in one of the following areas or would like training in one of these skills, please let me know - Jamie Pittock, FOG, m. 0407 265 131, The National Capital Authority provides FOG with funds for strategic training. The areas are:

31 October, Biodiversity and Climate Change Roadshow – Queanbeyan

The Biodiversity Node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub is running a series of free roadshows, on the theme ‘How can we conserve species from the impacts of climate change?’. This is a day of tailored training with leading climate adaptation researchers and practitioners, which will suit conservation practitioners at all levels. Explore interactive adaptation web tools; ask questions, engage in discussion & connect with other adaptation researchers & practitioners. More information: Victoria Graham, phone 02 9850 6298 or email To register:

Saturday 3 November, 8.30 or 9 am start, Workparty at Hall Cemetery woodland, Wallaroo Road, Hall

On Saturday 3 November your help is needed and welcome at Hall Cemetery (a short way along Wallaroo Road, which is a turning off the Barton Highway not far before the NSW border). The task is to continue to tackle emerging weeds via a combination of spot application of herbicide and physical removal or trimming. Morning tea is provided. Please dress for the weather and gardening, with sturdy footwear. Most important: REGISTER with at least two days before the workparty, so there is enough tea and equipment for everyone. 

Thursday 8 November, Help wanted: ‘Scottsdale’ grassland monitoring

Since March 2008 FOG has been responsible for monitoring changes in the grassy ecosystems on the Bush Heritage property ‘Scottsdale’, near Bredbo NSW. We shall do the 2018 monitoring on Thursday 8 November.

This is a call for volunteers to help on this always interesting day. Some experience in grassland plant ID is extremely useful, but we also need volunteers to hold the tape-measure! We usually work in 2 groups of 4 people. Lunch is provided by Bush Heritage.

Please register by 1 November by emailing This will ensure you are emailed with further information, and that there will be enough lunch.

9–11 November weekend, Revisit Nerriga grassy woodland

Members of FOG and Australian Native Plant Society visited Nerriga for a fascinating weekend in February 2018 to see Lauren and Norm Booth’s rare plant species. This revisit is in the hope of seeing those and other species in flower in this richly diverse woodland. For background reading, see News of FOG January–February and March–April 2018. Arrive on Friday 9 November or early Saturday 10 November. Leave on the Sunday. There is a comfortable camping area with facilities, and maybe a caravan or two. Bring all your own food etc. Register with for a map and further details.

11 November, Sunday 2 pm. Annual wildflower walk at Stirling Park

This is the annual walk through the usually glorious wildflowers of Stirling Park where FOG’s and Yarralumla Residents Association’s work has cleared the overgrown weeds during the past 9 years. Details in the Nov-Dec News of FOG (due out in late October, to members only).

11–15 November, 12th Australasian Plant Conservation, Conference, Canberraa

‘Moving house – a new age for plant translocation and restoration’ is the title of this week-long conference at CSIRO Canberra ACT. Abstracts are due by Friday 27 July, and earlybird registrations close on Friday 31 August. If you join the ANPC you receive a discount on the registration fees. Find out more about APCC12, and register, at

17 – 18 November, Hunt the Monaro Golden Daisy, around the Monaro (various sites)

Another weekend adventure – it’s a hunt! FOG, led by David Eddy and Rainer Rehwinkel, with guidance from OEH records, will be searching for known sites of the threatened Monaro Golden Daisy (MGD) outside Kosciuszko NP, and recording their current size/numbers. The group will stay in and around Cooma overnight. Want more details? See next News of FOG.

22 November, revisit the rampaging Rutidosis in spring, when it should be flowering at Crace grassland, ACT

Another chance to see this population of Button Wrinklewort Rutidosis leptorhynchoides at Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve in Gungahlin, from 3pm to 5pm on Thursday 22 November. Most registered people had to drop out of the winter visit when the date had to be changed. The winter visit was full of interest – and Button Wrinkleworts! The party is driven into the site, so even if you have limited agility you are still most welcome! Please register with by 19 November, and meet at the corner of Bellenden & Hoskins Sts in Mitchell, accessed off Sandford St, at 3pm on 22 November. 

Sunday 25 November, Workparty at Stirling Park Yarralumla

Another of the regular Sunday workparties at Stirling Park. For details, please register with

25 – 30 November, Ecology in the Anthropocene: ESA annual conference, Brisbane

This year’s conference of the Ecological Society of Australia will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland. The conference website has all the details: Catherine Ross is running one of the symposia, ‘Reintroduction for restoration’, on 29 November, 11:00–1:00 pm: see for an outline of this session.

26 November – 6 December , Bush Blitz nature discovery program

On Sunday 2 December, 10am – 3pm, Bush Blitz will hold a community day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This event is a chance to learn about taxonomy, and to interact with Bush Blitz scientists, and to find out how you can get involved with local community groups to contribute to our knowledge of Australian biodiversity. Can any FOG members be there that day to represent FOG? Please contact to say 'yes'.

30 November – 2 December, FOG visit to Deua National Park, and maybe the Big Hole

A FOG excursion on the weekend of 1–2 December will visit a healthy grassland near Deua National Park’s Big Hole, and there is also the Big Hole for those who want more exercise. Details, and some photos, will be in the next News of FOG. Accommodation for that trip will be at the Deua Tin Huts or Berlang Camp ground. If you would like to know more, contact 

January 2019, Visit lower part of Mt Gingera ACT

February 2019, Visit Charlies Massy’s property, ‘Severn Park’, Bobondara NSW

March 2019, Visit alpine grasslands beyond Yarrangobilly NSW

Please advertise this information among your friends and networks. Non FoG members are welcome to FoG events. For inquiries or if you have an item to include, please Contact Us