Calendar

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.

Calendar

Summary of upcoming FOG Events

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

National Lands Group. Register: jamie.pittock@fog.org.au

Yarramundi Grassland. Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve). Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Top Hut TSR, near Cooma, NSW.  Contact: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Summary of Notices


Details of FOG Events

Thurs 4 Apr 7:30-9pm, Forum on the Nature Repair Act, Frank Fenner Seminar Room, Fenner building 141, Fenner School of Environment, ANU. Get directions

This legislation was passed in December 2023. While regulations containing the detail are still to be made, we now know the basic framework including key players and processes:

FOG is working out how we can be engaged, and if/how the market created by the Act can be used to protect and restore grassy ecosystems.  In this Forum we will discuss how the market will work, how participants might expect to engage with the market and how the benefits of the market can be realised. The event is open to the ANU Community and all ACT Conservation Council member groups. Book your FREE tickets, and find further info here.  If you have any questions, email matt.whitting@fog.org.au

Sat 6 Apr 2-4pm, Bass Gardens’ suburban grassland vs La Ninas! 

Bass Gardens is about 2.5 hectares. It was developed as an exotic treescape after 1924, with the understorey left as was.  There is a Conservation Area (CA) in the middle of the park, designated as Natural Temperate Grassland.  The La Nina weather has resulted in significant growth of both natives and weeds. Visually what used to be areas of low height growth where Bulbine bulbosaTricoryne elatior and Chrysocephalum apiculatum showed a yellow landscape, there are now patches of tall Bothriochloa macra and Austrostipa spp.  It is Golden Sun Moth habitat.  Weeds abound but have been managed as well as resources permit.  There are approx 45 plant species and a range of animals and insects.  New interpretive signage has been installed covering various aspects of the park including history, tree planting, fauna and flora.  Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au 

Sat 27 Apr 2-4pm, Urambi Hills visit, led by Michael Bedingfield.

Enjoy the grand view of the mountains to the west and the whole of Canberra, at the same time we will do a visual examination of the extent of St John’s Wort (SJW) on the hillsides, in preparation for an in-depth exploration of the issue of SJW at Mt Majura, guided by Waltraud Pix and Margaret Ning. SJW has multiplied extensively in recent years and is a serious threat to the future of Grassy Woodlands. From our meeting place, (Reserve entrance off Meredith Circuit, Kambah) we will walk to the hilltop, (abt 700m) on a well defined track. From here you can clearly see the extent of the problem, and will have an idea of what we have to face in future years if SJW is not controlled.  Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au 

Sat 11 May 2-4pm, St Johns Wort investigations. Friends of Mt Majura’s experience - What can be done?? 

St John’s Wort (SJW), Hypericum perforatum, a declared pest plant in most of Australia, is one of most serious weeds threatening native species and habitat of critically endangered temperate grassland and grassy woodlands. The life cycle of this most successful weed species – a vast number of seeds produced by a single plant, seed set without pollination, long seed viability in the soil seed bank, vegetative spread from lateral underground stems producing suckers – in combination with the favourable conditions of three wet years following the competition reducing drought let to a spread of SJW like wildfire across the Canberra region.   You are invited to visit Friends of Mt Majura’s (FoMM) project site  

The Fair  to discuss SJW control strategies, exchange experiences, suggest experiments and see the result of work carried out by volunteers at The Fair and surrounds. In 2015 FoMM began control of SJW at The Fair, a 10ha project site of degraded grassy woodland on Mt Majura’s northwest slope. Success was mixed and appears to depend on soil condition, groundcover original infestation density, the method used, and the adjacency to untreated sites and heavy infested drainage lines. This event was triggered by the intense discussion following a SJW record on Canberra Nature Map https://canberra.naturemapr.org/sightings/4412555

Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Early warning of FOG future eventsts

Events and dates are indicative and may be subject to change. Details will be advised as more information is available.

Details of FOG work parties

Registration

Participants need to register for these events at least two days before the event, to confirm details of the starting locations or any last-minute changes. Note: work includes weeding, planting and rubbish removal. Herbicides are often used so these events are not suitable for young children. Tools are provided.  You need to wear gardening clothes (including hat) and solid footwear appropriate for the work and the weather, and bring your own drinking water. The work party convener may provide morning tea, making these pleasant social occasions. Events will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable: a) the forecast is 35 deg C+, b) it is a total fire ban day, c) there is lightning, d) air quality is hazardous, or e) heavy rain.

National Lands Group - Inquiries and registration: jamie.pittock@fog.org.au

FOG’s National Lands Group is responsible for work on National Lands (Gurubung Dhaura /Stirling Park, Scrivener’s Hut, State Circle, Blue Gum Point & Yarramundi Grassland) managed by the National Capital Authority and Blue Gum Point managed by ACT Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS). Work parties with 10 to 30 participants are held on Saturday mornings unless otherwise stated:

Yarramundi Grassland. Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) - Inquiries and registration: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

The Budjan Galindji (Franklin Reserve) Parkcare Group is organised by FOG and ACT Parkcare. Work parties have largely focused on plant identification and removing weeds, and some planting of grasses and forbs is planned. We are working closely with Ranger Stephen. This is a great opportunity for participants in the group to learn about grassland plants and weeds and their management, and more generally how to restore our precious grasslands, including selecting, growing and reintroducing plants.  Work parties are from 9-11.30am on the first and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Hall Cemetery - Inquiries and registration: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

FOG has held regular work parties at Hall Cemetery since 2009, aiming to remove weeds and restore the native grasses and wild flowers that were once present. Work parties are held from 9am-11am. You need to bring your own working tool, and dress sensibly.

Top Hut TSR, near Cooma, NSW.  Contact: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Scottsdale Monitoring.  Inquiries & contact: linda@xamax.com.au

Details of Notices

20, 27, 28 April (from 10am each day) Lawson Landcare Grassland Restoration (intersection of Nevertire St and Wanderlight Ave, Lawson).

Rainer Rehwinkel and others have been busy preparing the site (including spraying weeds) for the project that Lawson Landcare has been successful in gaining funding for.  The aim is to connect two small remnants containing high quality grassy understoreys.

Ginninderra Catchment Group usually come along to these events with coffee, tea and biscuits for morning tea.  As these days may turn out to be full-day events. I'd suggest participants bring their lunches and some drinks, and we could break for lunch. People can arrive (from 10am) or peel off at any time. There are no toilets at the site, but people will be welcome to use Rainer's in his nearby unit.  Please bring a hat, sturdy boots, gloves, sunscreen, plenty of water, and any favoured tools (shovel, garden fork rake, wheelbarrow and buckets).  Contact Rainer (above) for a copy of the Project Plan and more info, if needed.  Registration/ queries: rainer.rehwinkel@hotmail.com


Please advertise these events 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