FoMM Newsletter – November 2023

It’s our birthday and we’re throwing a party

FoMM is 20 and we are celebrating this milestone with a birthday party.

Come and join us at 10am on Sunday 12 November. All are welcome to this free event but please RSVP by clicking on this link.

Ngunnawal elder Uncle Wally Bell will welcome us to country. Dr Rosie Cooney will give a short talk about the ecological significance of Mount Majura followed by birthday cake and a toast to FoMM. We’ll then walk through an area on the lower slope with FoMM volunteers giving short ‘show and tell’ talks about our work to rehabilitate The Fair site.

Join the celebration at The Fair in North Watson, accessed from the nature park entrance at Tay and Ian Nicol Streets.

Our local politicians are joining the event. Come and show them how much Mount Majura means to you.

FoMM volunteers at the 2019 National Tree Day. Photo Steve Bittinger.

Spring wildflower walk Sunday 5 November 2-4 pm

There are more than 500 plant species on Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie, the majority local natives and some which are rare or endangered. Enjoy Mount Majura’s Floriade on a stroll with plant ecologist Michael Doherty.

Meet at the Mackenzie Street entrance to the nature park, near Grayson Street in Hackett. More information and a map here

Wear suitable clothing for the weather and sturdy footwear. Bring sun protection and drinking water. An updated plant species list will be available for a gold coin donation.

A beautiful and fragrant Chocolate Nodding Lily (Arthopodium fimbriatum). Photo Waltraud Pix.

Mondays at The Fair

Every week a group of FoMM volunteers works at The Fair site in North Watson. Meet us any Monday at 9.30am at the park entrance near Tay and Ian Nicol Streets. No experience necessary – you will learn from others who will share their knowledge.

At present we are tackling a variety of weeds, removing Horehound, thistles, Hawthorn and Briar Roses. Soon we will start on the summer scourge, St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) hand pulling this prolific coloniser where it is growing close to wildflowers.

The late flowers of the native Clematis (C. aristata) growing at the Fair. Photo Margy Burn.

Have your say about cats

The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy the Environment and Water is seeking feedback on the draft updated threat abatement plan for predation by feral cats.

Feral cats kill over 1.5 billion native mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs, and 1.1 billion invertebrates each year in Australia. Predation by cats is a threat to over 200 nationally listed threatened species and they have been implicated in 28 mammal extinctions.

More information and a link to the feedback form here

Max Pouwer recently photographed this lizard at The Fair. While not yet confirmed  by the Canberra Nature Map experts, Max believes it may be a male Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona Barbata). A good reason for Fair residents to keep their cats contained.

Give feedback on your experience of Canberra’s nature parks and reserves

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is seeking feedback on visitor experience at national parks, nature reserves and plantations across the ACT. Data captured during this twice-yearly survey helps P&CS understand who is using these special places, how they are being used and what the community would like to see to improve their experiences. Take the survey here. It closes on 30 November.

Wildflowers on Mount Maura, Photo Waltraud Pix
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