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.

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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

Sun 16 Oct 9:40am-1pm, Nature Conservation Council’s ‘Picnic for Nature’, at Sweeney’s TSR Register: andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au.

Fri 21 Oct 10am-12:30pm, RESCHEDULED Ginninderry Conservation Trust tour of their Conservation Corridor. Rescheduled, so some vacancies now. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Sat 22 Oct 11am-3pm, FOG @ Gungahlin Festival Stall at Yerrabi Pond District Park Register: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au.

Sat 22 Oct 2pm, Spring Orchids, East Tallagandra Lane Sutton. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Thurs 27 Oct, approx. time 10am-3pm, Ginninderry Trust scrape monitoring. Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au.

Sun 30 Oct 2-4:30pm, Flea Bog Flat, Bruce. Register: Julia fleabogflat@hotmail.com.

Sat-Sun 5-6 Nov 2022, Weekend away at Shoalhaven River properties in the Big Hole area. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Fri 25 Nov 1-3pm, FOG visit to Jarramlee Nature Reserve, West Macgregor to see the management achievements there, the grassland, and possibly some Golden Sun Moths flying if the weather is good. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

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

Hall Cemetery, Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au.

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

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

Summary of Notices

Mon 26 Sept 7:30-9pm, Searching for Gold, an orchid challenge for spring 2022. An evening presentation by DPE’s Saving Our Species group, Searching for the Buttercup doubletail orchid. Eventbrite bookings: https://bit.ly/3RdgK5g.

Sat 8 Oct 10-11:30am, Walking tour of Mugga Mugga cottage grasslands,  Symonston during the ACT Historic Places' Bloom Festival, led by Geoff Robertson of FOG. Cost $20/$15, more details and bookings: https://events.humanitix.com/mugga-grassland-tour.

Sat 8 Oct 11am-3pm Gungahlin Sporting Expo, Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

Sat 26 Nov, Sustainable Lands Project Monaro grasslands tour to Old Cooma Common Grassland Reserve and Top Hut Travelling Stock Reserve. RSVP by 23 Nov: contact@uppersnowylandcare.org.au.


Details of FOG Events

Fri 21 Oct 10am-12:30pm, RESCHEDULED Ginninderry Conservation Trust tour of their Conservation Corridor. Register margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Rescheduled as a result of inclement weather, so a couple more places are available. Conservation Trust Rangers will provide an overview of the area and you will hear from Riverview Developments Sustainability Manager, Jess Stewart about the amazing sustainability initiatives happening in Ginninderry. This unique area is home to beautiful box-gum woodlands, natural temperate grasslands and elusive Pink-tailed Worm-lizards. The tour will take us for a drive through the rolling 240ha which is currently under Trust management and we will stop to check out some beautiful sites and talk about the cultural significance of the area. If you are looking for a lunch option on return to the Link, look no further than Stepping Stone café which is a social enterprise business at the Strathnairn Arts Centre. We shall minimise our footprint and have a maximum of ten people on this activity. An extra couple of 4WDs would be welcome, so pls let me know if you can bring one …..

Sun 16 Oct 9:40am-1pm, Nature Conservation Council’s ‘Picnic for Nature’, at Sweeney’s TSR Register: andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au.

FOG will participate in Nature Conservation Council’s statewide ‘Picnic for Nature’ day. We have chosen Sweeney’s Travelling Stock Reserve, approximately 9.5km northeast of Bungendore, as our picnic site, located in a high conservation value native vegetation remnant, containing both native grassland and woodland. Lots more info here: https://www.nature.org.au/bungendore_picnic_for_nature. Either register on the website or with Andrew above.

Sat 22 Oct, 11am-3pm, FOG @ Gungahlin Festival Stall at Yerrabi Pond District Park. Register: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au.

FOG will team up with the Ginninderra Catchment Group (GCG), the Landcare ACT (LACT) wellbeing program and the Conservation Council to hold a stall at the Gungahlin Community Picnic. Please let us know if you have any ideas to promote FOG and/or can join us. It should be fun and an ideal way to promote what we and other groups are doing to promote nature in the city. An earlier stall will be held to celebrate the Gungahlin Sporting Expo, Sat 8 Oct, 11am-3pm, at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval. That will be organised by GCG and the LACT wellbeing program.

Sat 22 Oct, 2pm Spring Orchids, East Tallagandra Lane Sutton. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

An afternoon visit to a property in Sutton to see this spring's flowering. This 200ac property is being managed for conservation and has had no stock on it for 30 years. We compiled a species list of 140 plants on our reccy, and hope to maximise the orchids with our timing. We must keep an eye out for the elusive Buttercup double tail! Afternoon tea will be provided afterwards.

Thurs 27 Oct, approx. time 10am-3pm, Ginninderry Trust scrape monitoring. Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au.

The third year of Ginninderry Trust monitoring will be held at the scrape established in 2020. FOG volunteers and Ginninderry Conservation Trust staff will monitor two plots inside the scrape plus a control plot outside, and run vegetation transects in the scrape. We invite past volunteers to join us, and/or members who would like to learn the ‘monitoring’ ropes. If washed out, backup date will be Thurs 3 Nov.

Sun 30 Oct, 2- 4.30pm, Flea Bog Flat, Bruce. Register: Julia fleabogflat@hotmail.com.

A spring time visit to Flea Bog Flat, Bruce to see how it looks after a couple of good seasons. Our last visit was in autumn, so this time we'll be keen to see some spring wildflowers which are abundant on this block. The Friends of Flea Bog Flat have had a Management Plan for the site prepared by ecologist Dr Catherine Ross, funded by an ACT Government grant, and have just started implementing its recommendations. The local volunteers are keen to learn more about plant ID and may like to buddy with FOG members on the day.

Sat-Sun 5-6 Nov 2022, Weekend away at Shoalhaven River properties in the Big Hole area. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

We’ll visit two Shoalhaven River properties with distinctly different veg types. We have visited one of them a couple of times previously, with its open heathland and basically weed free state; and the other is more of a forest woodland, with a wide range of species. We can camp, camper van, or stay in accommodation on the properties. We can arrive on Friday afternoon, or leave it till Saturday morning ….. It will be a leisurely weekend!

Fri 25 Nov 1-3pm, FOG visit to Jarramlee Nature Reserve, West Macgregor to see the management achievements there, the grassland, and possibly some Golden Sun Moths flying if the weather is good. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Jarramlee Nature Reserve was established in 2012 as an environmental offset reserve for the loss of Natural Temperate Grasslands (NTG) and Golden Sun Moth (GSM) habitat now under urban development at Lawson. It forms part of Gooromon Grasslands.There are a number of objectives set out for land managers at Jarramlee, with some unique challenges that require careful consideration. Rehabilitation works are being undertaken in riparian zones, drainage lines and dry ridges. Ranger Craig Wainwright will present an overview of the strategies and methods adopted to address many of the challenges and visit some rehabilitation planting sites. Afterwards we can wander around pockets of the grassland.

Early warning of FOG future events

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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 & registration: jamie.pittock@fog.org.au.

Gurubang Dhaura /Stirling Park. FOG’s National Lands Group is responsible for work on National Lands (Gurubang 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 held on Sunday mornings between 8:30 am and 1 pm unless otherwise stated:

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. Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au.

Scottsdale Monitoring. Inquiries & contact: linda.spinaze@fog.org.au.

Details of Notices

7:30-9pm Mon, 26 Sept, Searching for Gold, an orchid challenge for spring 2022. Searching for the Buttercup doubletail orchid. Eventbrite bookings: https://bit.ly/3RdgK5g.

Join in an evening's conversation with Laura Canackle of the Dept of Planning and Environment (DPE). Enjoy a relaxed Q&A style evening on the intriguing story of the threatened Buttercup doubletail orchid, broadly found to the north of the ACT (see PlantNet distribution map below). Currently there is no known population of the Buttercup doubletail in the ACT or Cumbean Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Queanbeyan, so scientists need your help to find it! The event will be held in the leafy courtyard at Capital Brewery, Fyshwick, with news from orchid experts, passionate landholders and the Saving our Species team from NSW DPE.

The event is free, but food and drinks are not supplied, so grab a pint or some dinner beforehand, then settle in for the main event.

You will have a chance to ask the experts questions, and hear about the Orchid Challenge of spring 2022. Will you be the one to find the Buttercup doubletail in a reserve near you?

Sat 8 Oct 10-11.30am, Walking tour of Mugga Mugga cottage grasslands, Symonston during the ACT Historic Places' Bloom Festival, led by Geoff Robertson of FOG. Cost $20/$15, more details and bookings: https://events.humanitix.com/mugga-grassland-tour.

Join a walk led by Geoff Robertson in the endangered native temperate grasslands surrounding Mugga Mugga Cottage, on Narrabundah Lane. These grasslands were used and managed by Aboriginal people to support their needs for food, fibre, medicine, tools and shelter and their rich biodiversity became a key reason for settlement in this region and the establishment of the National Capital. Only about 1% of these grasslands remain throughout southeast Australia.

Sat 8 Oct 11am-3pm Gungahlin Sporting Expo, Gungahlin Enclosed Oval

The Ginninderra Catchment Group (GCG) and Landcare ACT (LACT) wellbeing program are holding a stall as a fun way to publicise what they are doing to promote nature in the city.

Sat 26 Nov, Sustainable Lands Project (SLP) Monaro grasslands tour to Old Cooma Common Grassland Reserve and Top Hut Travelling Stock Reserve. OCCGR comprises a diversity of native grasses, particularly kangaroo grass and snow grass, and a variety of wildflowers. It is also the home of the Monaro Golden Daisy. In spring, TH TSR comes alive with a diversity of flowers, many of which feature on the cover of Grassland Flora. It also has a population of the Monaro grassland earless dragon. RSVP by 23 Nov: contact@uppersnowylandcare.org.au. Other scheduled  SLP events include:


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