Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) Newsletter – August 2017

Working Party @ The Fair – Sunday 20 August 2017, 1pm to 4pm
Join the Friends of Mount Majura working party at the planting area behind The Fair and give the seedlings planted on National Tree Day a head start for spring. Help direct seeding native grass, spreading wood chip mulch and placing debris of cut Cootamundra wattle around the plantings to protect them from grazing. Come for an hour or more. Tools and afternoon tea will be provided.
Where: meet nature park entrance intersection Tay Street and Ian Nicol Street, The Fair, North Watson
Bring: Sun protection, sturdy shoes, long sleeve and pants and garden gloves if you have them.
Enquiries: Email or 6247 7515
Click here for more information


Caring for young plantings. (Photo: Steve Bittinger) 

10th National Tree Day on Mt Majura a great success!

Over 90 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages turned up at the nature reserve east of The Fair to plant 200 local native trees, shrubs and wildflowers on Sunday 30 July 2017. A big thank you to all our volunteers and helpers for a very successful and enjoyable planting event! More than any words, these great photographs and the time-lapse video taken by Steve Bittinger convincingly show that people had a great afternoon helping out. Click here to view the species planted. There were two distinct planting sites: Lilies and Everlastings planted at a Majura Mountain Scouts dedicated grassy woodland site and a mix of local wattles species and native box thorn planted along a gully where volunteers had carried out erosion control work over the past two years. In addition 20 eucalypts were planted in a widely scattered pattern at these two sites. Thank you to the Molonglo Catchment Group for the grant to buy the seedlings and some tools, and a big thank you to Shane Rattenbury, MLA for a great demonstration “how to plant” which was enjoyed by everyone. Read more here.


Silver wattles and other wattles were planted along the eroding gully. (Photo: Steve Bittinger)


Scouts planted Everlasting daisies and Bulbine lilies in a separate area. (Photo: Steve Bittinger)

Sugar Glider leap at half speed
FoMM walks organiser, Jenni Marsh, recently videoed a sugar glider preparing to and leaping between two tree trunks. It happens lightning fast so she has halved the speed. You can see it preparing to jump on the trunk on the left.

Other news and events:

Biodiversity Offsets: are they working in the ACT? 31 October 2017, 12pm – 2pm
How do we measure outcomes? Are they adequately reported? Who is accountable? Case studies and discussion. This Environment Exchange held by the Conservation Council ACT Region will be held at the Renewables Innovation Hub 19-23 Moore Street Turner ACT. Contact Ph: 02 6229 3208 or Email

Wild whirlybirds!
Something to make you smile, from FoMM’s Convenor, Jochen Zeil – Corellas in Caversham, WA turned a rooftop into a playground when they found this whirlybird!

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