Friends Of Mount Majura (FoMM) Newsletter – November 2019

Working Party @ The Fair – Sunday 17 November 2019, 9 am to 1 pm
Join our work party and help to mulch, water, weed and place debris at FoMM’s project site in the nature reserve east of The Fair. Give as much time as you like, choose your favourite activity, learn about the project and enjoy the view of little woodland birds flitting among the shrubs and trees planted by volunteers over the past years. Morning tea and equipment will be provided by us.
Where: Nature reserve east of The Fair, North Watson; access and volunteer registration at park entrance Tay / Ian Nicol Streets; view this map.
Bring: Sun protection, drinking water garden gloves if you have them and wear sturdy shoes.
Inquiries: Email
Click here for more information.


Mulching at The Fair (Photo: S. Bittinger)

Wildflower Walk – Sunday 17 November 2019 – 2-4pm
Come for a Sunday afternoon stroll through Mount Majura’s bushland with local plant ecologist Michael Doherty. We will enjoy learning about flowering plants of the grassy woodlands and forests in this nature reserve.
Meet: Nature reserve entrance, off Mackenzie St near Grayson St, Hackett; view this map.
Bring: Sun protection, drinking water, walking boots and a gold coin donation for a flora list.
Inquiries: secretary@majura.org or ph 0408 429 214 
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Sticky Everlasting flower (Photo: W.Pix)

Other news and events:

30 Years of Parkcare – 9 November 2019, Yarramundi Cultural Centre 10am – 2pm
Parkcare invites all our volunteers to join us to hear the story of ParkCare, celebrate our history, look to the future and join us for lunch! This year marks the 30th anniversary of ParkCare which certainly is an achievement worth celebrating!!! You can RSVP on the ParkCare Hub or by emailing Alison McLeod by COB Wednesday 6th November with any dietary requirements. Click here for more information.

Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan released
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has developed a draft plan to guide management of the Canberra Nature Park for the next 10 years. The Canberra Nature Park has 37 reserves in and around urban Canberra, including Mt Majura. These reserves give our city its distinctive character as the nation’s ‘city in the landscape’. They protect important forest, woodland and grassland ecosystems and provide habitat for our native wildlife, including many threatened species. They provide the extraordinary opportunity for nature-based experiences and an active lifestyle that so many Canberrans value, contributing significantly to the health and wellbeing of the community. Have your say on the proposed management of Canberra’s Nature Park by 16 December.

Snake safety information from the ACT government
Living and working in the ‘bush capital’ has many advantages, including ready access to natural environments. Being the ‘bush capital’ the ACT has an abundance of wildlife, including snakes. As the weather warms up, you may encounter snakes whilst undertaking your work. The ACT has eight snake species, with five of them potentially harmful to humans. Thankfully snakes are shy and nonaggressive animals that will avoid a confrontation with humans where possible. Whilst the vast majority of encounters between snakes and people don’t result in harm (to either party), there are risks of injury resulting from snake bite. This website can assist you to identify and manage the risks.

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