Majura Paddock Working Party @ Mt Majura nature reserve
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Plantings at the Majura paddock drainage line  (W.Pix)

Join this working party and celebrate the return of Majura horse holding paddocks 5 and 6 to nature reserve; read more about the Majura paddocks here.

When: Sunday, 24 August from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, come for an hour or more; tea and cake around 2.30pm. (this event was scheduled for Sunday 17 August and  postponed due to welcome rain).

Where: Meet at the Hackett water reservoir close to the Rivett and French Streets intersection; view this map.

What: Hand-weed horehound and other herbaceous weeds around plantings; remove outgrown tree guards; celebrate with tea, coffee and cake at around 2.30pm.

Wear and bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, old garden clothing with long sleeves and pants. We’ll provide gloves and tools.

Enquiries: email or phone 62477515

Working Party at The Fair @ Mt Majura nature reserve behind The Fair
Jan 18 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Woody debris helps keeping guards in place and provide protection from grazing damage

Woody debris helps keeping guards in place and provides protection from grazing damage

Welcome 2015 with a working party on Sunday 18 January and help care for the young plants at The Fair National Tree Day planting site.

When: Sunday, 18 January 2015, 8.30 am – 11.30; give as little or as much time as you want

Where: National Tree Day planting site behind (east of) The Fair in North Watson; access intersection Tay / Ian Nicol Streets (click on map)

What: Placing debris from cut woody weeds to build caches around plantings and remove and replace outgrown guards.

A group of 2013 plantings

A group of 2013 plantings

Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes and body covering clothing.

No previous experience required just an interest in making a difference!

Enquiries: or ph. 6247 7515

Ant Walk @ Mt Majura nature reserve
Mar 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Ant art, head of a bullant seen from above by illustrator Ladina Ribi

Ant art. The Head of a bull ant seen from above by illustrator Ladina Ribi

Ants are fascinating, beautiful and fun to watch. Join expert Ajay Narendra on Sunday, 1st March for a glimpse into the fascinating world of one of the most dominant animals on the planet.

Discover Jack Jumpers and other ants of Mt Majura on this nature walk hosted by the Friends of Mt Majura. Learn about the ants’ leading role in the environment as predators and scavengers and hear about their highly social organization, effective communication, and amazing navigation skills that have been the subject of research for generations.

When: Sunday, 1st March 2015, 4.00 to 5.30 pm.
Where: Meet at Helms Place close to Rivett St and Richard St intersection, Hackett; view this map.

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All your ant questions answered by Ajay Narendra.

Jack Jumpers use their impressive jaws to catch and hold prey and a sting to defend themselves and their nest (Photo A. Narendra).

Jack Jumpers use their impressive jaws to catch and carry prey and a sting to defend themselves and their nest.

Bring: Sun protection, sturdy boots and a magnifying glass if you have one; a gold coin donation for our conservation work would be much appreciated.

Kids (with adults) are especially welcome. Please tell us if you are allergic to bee and wasp stings.

The walk will be postponed to the following Sunday if it rains; same time and place

Enquiries: Sunday 1 March 0435 357 172

We will be joined by renowned Swiss scientific illustrator, Ladina Ribi (link to interview), whose wonderful illustrations will be on sale (framed B&W 20$; Colour 30$).


Winter Solstice Planting @ Mt Majura nature reserve off Rivett/French Sts
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Spiny-headed mat-rush plantings west slope

Mat-rush plantings at the west slope (W. Pix)

Come along and get your hands dirty planting Spiny-headed Mat-rush, Lomandra longifolia on Winter Solstice, Sunday, 21 June.
We will plant on the west slope and continue the great work done by volunteers including the Majura Mountain Scouts over many years.

When: Sunday 21 June, from 1pm to approx. 3pm followed by afternoon tea. Please come early for an introduction; planting at the steep slope requires special attention.
In the event of bad weather the planting will be postponed to the following Sunday; please check this website or call 0435 357 172 close to the start time.
Where: Meet at the ParkCare notice board opposite the Hackett water tank off Rivett / French Sts intersections (view this map).
Please bring: Hat, sunscreen, long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy boots
Enquiries: or Ph. 62477515

Female Mat-rush with fruits

Lomandra longifolia, commonly known as Spiny-headed Mat-rush or Basket Grass, is a tufted, perennial herb with strap-like leaves up to 1m long. The scented flowers are borne on spiny spikes in spring to summer and male and female flowers are on separate plants. It grows in a variety of soil types and is frost, heat and drought tolerant.

The Spiny-headed Mat-rush has many uses in Indigenous Australians culture. The leave base can be chewed for a sweet morsel, the seeds are ground into flour to produce damper, the leaves are used to for weave baskets, mats, strings and fish traps and the roots to treat bites and stings.

The species copes with the harsh environments of Mt Majura’s west slope and some fine examples are the colonies growing on the Majura ridge and closer to the summit.
Spiny-head Mat-rush is one of the few perennial ground covers that are not grazed by kangaroos once it has established.

ACT Government (2014) Ngunnawal plant use. A traditional plant use guide for the ACT region. ACT Government, Canberra.
Meredith Cosgrove (2014) Photographic guide to native plants of the Australian Capital Territory. Meadow Argus.

Mt Majura Planting @ The Fair @ Mt Majura nature reserve behind The Fair
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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A Yellow-rumped Thornbill bird nest in a Native boxthorn planted at the Fair (W. Pix)

Come to our planting party in the Mt Majura nature park @ the Fair on Sunday 19 July. Join in for a demonstration on How to plant at 1pm and then get your hands dirty and plant local trees, shrubs and flowers. Bring your mum and dad and friends and make the event a real community planting party.

 This year’s event will be the fourth stage of a community re-vegetation project that started in Winter 2012 in the nature park behind The Fair in North Watson. We aim to replace weeds with local native plants, provide habitat for little woodland birds and improve the overall condition of the degraded endangered grassy woodland in the area.

The planting event is a wonderful opportunity for new and old neighbours of Mt Majura to work together, get to know each other and promote the joys of our local bush environment.

When: Sunday 19 July 2015, from 1.00pm to 3.30pm
Volunteer registration opens at 12.45pm
Please come early for a fun demonstration on How to plant.

Mount Majura nature park behind (east of) The Fair in North Watson. Access intersection Tay and Ian Nicol Sts, The Fair or via nature park entrance Antill Street opposite Carotel for a 5-minutes walk to the planting site; click on this map to view the planting area and access points.

Car parking: along Antill Street opposite the nature park entrance; limited car parking space at The Fair and along Aspinall Street / Solstice.

What to wear: Garden gloves, appropriate clothing and foot wear, wrap up warmly.

What to bring: Bucket, trowel or small mattock if you have one; please label items with your phone number so that we can reunite any left-behinds with the owner.

Enquiries: e-mail, phone 62477517

Contact number on the day: 0435 357 172

Promote the event: download this


Check out the species that we will plant: click on List of plants

Click the little pamphlet How to plant

Fair Working Party @ Mt Majura nature reserve behind The Fair
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Early Wattle, Acacia genistifolia in full flower at the Fair, North Watson (W.Pix, 20.07.2015).

Give the seedlings planted on Mount Majura a head start for spring. 250 native shrubs, trees and wildflowers added to the The Fair plantings this winter will provide crucial habitat for little woodland birds. Until fully established, the young plants require protection from extraordinary grazing pressure and weed competition.  Join in to help layer debris of woody weeds that we cut in the area and to hand-weed pesky Paterson’s Curse around the young plants:

When: Sunday, 16 August 2015 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Please come early for introduction and give as much time as you want.

Where: east of The Fair, North Watson; volunteer registration nature park access Ian Nicol St and Tay St intersection (view this map).

Bring and Wear: Sun protection, appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes; we provide tools, gloves and afternoon tea.

Inquiries: or ph. 6247 7515

The above photographs of Spiny Bitter-pea planted two years ago at The Fair show (left) a specimen damaged by grazing, and (right) a specimen protected with debris of Hawthorn and Briar Rose that were removed from The Fair project area (W. Pix 31.07.2015). Spiny Bitter-pea, Daviesia genistifolia is a low growing shrub species of Mt Majura’s woodlands which Friends of Mt Majura use at various re-vegetation projects; view this striking photograph of a flowering specimen.

A male Scarlet Robin with its brilliant scarlet breast is one of the many little woodland birds that visit the grassy woodland adjacent to The Fair (W.Pix 31.07.2015). Mt Majura’s northwest slope is the last refuge for small woodland birds on the west side of Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie. Thickets and clumps of shrubs along drainage lines provide crucial habitat for visiting and residential woodland birds.

Wildlfower Walk @ Nature reserve entrance behind the Fair
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Hoary Sunrays 2015

Join local plant ecologist Michael Doherty for a wildflower ramble in the nature reserve behind the Watson Fair on Sunday 25 October and enjoy a spring Floriade on the mountain.
This delightful walk will highlight different species found in grassland, woodland and open forest.
Please bring good walking shoes, water, sun protection, and a hand lens/magnifying glass if you have one.
A new flora list is available for a donation

Trees of Mt Majura Walk @ Nature reserve gate on Mackenzie Street
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Old hollow bearing trees at the Majura paddock such as this Brittle gum provide habitat for nesting birds and for mammals.

Old hollow bearing trees at the Majura paddock such as this Brittle gum provide habitat for nesting birds and for mammals.

Enjoy a winter walk through Mount Majura’s beautiful woodlands and forests. Learn to identify local trees, see where they occur and find out how they survive fire and drought. Local ecologist Michael Doherty will lead this medium grade informative walk along the Casuarina Trail. Walk up to the snow gums then back down to the Black Cypress forest.

Bring: Sturdy shoes, water, warm clothes, and a gold coin donation for a tree guide.

National Tree Day @ Behind The Fair in the nature reserve
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

14568880899_b8f0797991_mJoin the Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) to celebrate National Tree Day 2016 with the planting of local trees, shrubs and flowering ground-cover plants.

This will be our fourth and final National Tree Day community planting in the nature park behind (east of) “The Fair”.  Planting holes have been dug prior to the event and water delivered so all we need are volunteers to get the seedlings into the ground.

Please come early for a demonstration on how to plant.

What to wear: Garden gloves, appropriate clothing and foot wear, wrap up warmly.

What to bring: Bucket, trowel or small mattock if you have one; please label items with your phone number so that we can reunite any left-behinds with the owner.

Enjoy warm-up drinks and Timtams.

Bird walk in Spring @ Mount Majura Nature Reserve entrance off Mackenzie St
Sep 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Spotted pardalote : from

Spotted pardalote : from

Walk through the woodlands in early spring with bird enthusiast Peter Miller to spot, observe, listen to, identify and learn about birds of Mount Majura Expect to see a variety of early spring migrants, possibly even early breeders-cuckoos, gerygones, honeyeaters.

Bring binoculars, walking boots, water, and a Gold Coin donation for a bird list.

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