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.
2018 Work Parties (Canberra)
Further FOG work parties and wildflower walk on national lands are proposed for 2018 as follows:
(SH = Scrivener’s Hut; SP = Stirling Park; YR = Yarramundi Reach. Held on Sunday mornings between 9am and 1pm unless otherwise stated)
- Aug 26 at SP
- Sept 30 at SP & YR (split work party)
- Oct 28 at SP
- Nov 11 - Stirling Park wildflower walk 1-5 pm
- Nov 25 at SP
Work parties will be cancelled if: (a) the forecast is for 35 deg C+, (b) it is a total fire ban day, (c) there is lightning, or (d) there is heavy rain.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The National Capital Authority provides FOG with funds for strategic training. The areas are:
- First aid
- Workplace health and safety
- Asbestos awareness
- ChemCert III (herbicide use)
Friday 21 September, Translocate rare Aromatic Peppercress
Help is needed at Mcleods Creek nature reserve, Gundaroo, to translocate Lepidium hyssopifolium. Meet at 10 am at the reserve, about 3 km along Marked Tree Rd (near the edge of Gundaroo village). Tools and morning tea are provided; and bring your own lunch and gloves. RSVP (essential), by email to email@example.com, or by phoning 02 6229 7046.
21 – 24 September, Narrandera, Exploration of grassy landscapes with Rainer Rehwinkel
Rainer Rehwinkel will be leading this weekend exploration of grassland areas around Narrandera NSW. Participants are responsible for their own bookings for accommodation for the weekend. The field trip will start at Fivebough Swamp at Leeton on the Friday afternoon, where many bird species are likely to be seen. Saturday’s visits start at Milthorpes TSR, then south to Buckingbong State Forest, followed by Yorkies Plain TSR before returning to Narrandera via Narrandera Wetlands adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River. On Sunday you will visit a woodland and grassland at southern end of Lake Coolah and then various locations along Kamarah Road. The day will end at Rocky Waterholes Reserve on Bundigery Creek, where you may see Koalas as well as a range of vegetation types. Recent reconnaissance of this route has found some native flora and very little growth of exotic annuals, and always interesting birdlife! On Monday, the group will visit the John Lake Centre (DPI Fisheries) for a guided tour (at a nominal cost).
This is a précis of Rainer’s description. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the full description (it is in the FOG August newsletter), and to register and obtain the itinerary.
25 – 28 September, ‘Striving for Restoration Excellence’, Brisbane
This is the conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australia, for people who care about the bush, sea & waterways: scientists, managers, practitioners, policy makers & planners. Details: https://www.sera2018.org/.
Saturday 29 September, FOG visit to regenerating grassland near the ACT border
Meet at 2 pm at 99 Read Rd, the property of FOG members Marchien and Arnold. Their road is the second right-hand turn off Mulligans Flat Rd after you cross the ACT/NSW border heading north towards Sutton and Gundaroo, and their gateway is about 1 km along on the left. This visit is an easy walk in a level paddock; around 1 km total distance. Interesting grassland vegetation is reappearing on this FOG members’ property which is recovering from former grazing. In a reccy in May, Margaret Ning spotted 54 grassland species in the paddock. What else may we spot in spring (especially after two good rains there recently)? Please register with email@example.com so we know to expect you.
Sunday 30 September, Workparties: Stirling Park woodland & Yarramundi grassland
Both workparties start at 9 am on Sunday 30 September (unless there is heavy rain or snow or something). Register please with firstname.lastname@example.org for details of where to meet for Stirling Park. For Yarramundi Grassland, the address is 245 Lady Denman Drive, ACT. By registering, you ensure there is enough morning tea for all workers, and also enough tools.
Saturday 6 October, Workparty at Hall Cemetery woodland
On Saturday 6 October 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 tackle emerging weeds, especially plantain, and selected patches of exotic grass. The work will be 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 email@example.com at least two days before the workparty, so there is enough tea and equipment for everyone.
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 http://www.nationallandcareconference.org.au. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
- biomass management
- habitat enhancement
- use of fire
- weeds strategies
- community involvement
- grassland advocacy.
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 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/act-region-grasslands-management-and-restoration-forum-tickets-50151263780.
Sunday 28 October, Workparty at Stirling Park Yarralumla
Another of the regular Sunday workparties at Stirling Park. For details, please register with email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/biodiversity-climate-change-roadshow-queanbeyan-tickets-47943605615.
Saturday 3 November, 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 tackle emerging weeds, especially plantain, and selected patches of exotic grass. The work will be 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 email@example.com at least two days before the workparty, so there is enough tea and equipment for everyone.
9 – 11 November, Revisit Nerriga NSW, when the flowers are out
11 November, Sunday 2 pm. Annual wildflower walk at Stirling Park
11–15 November, 12th Australasian Plant Conservation, Conference, Canberra
‘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 http://anpc.asn.au/conferences/2018.
17 – 18 November, Hunt the Monaro Golden Daisy, around the Monaro (various sites)
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: http://esa2018.org.au/. Catherine Ross is running one of the symposia, ‘Reintroduction for restoration’, on 29 November, 11:00–1:00 pm: see http://esa2018.org.au/program/symposia-at-esa18/ for an outline of this session.
1 – 2 December, Badja Swamps Nature Reserve, Big Hole & Marble Arch walk
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