Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) Newsletter – August 2019

Ditch Weeds & Create Habitat Work Party – Sunday 18 August 2019, 1-4pm
See out winter and help to remove English Ivy, and make the frogs happy by planting Tall sedge, Carex apressa at the bottom of the drainage ditch. Hopefully, we can remove the last stretch of English Ivy that once covered the drainage line along its whole length. The Ivy that grows at the bottom of the drainage line is particularly hard to remove and we need muscles to tackle it. Please bring your big sister, brother, friend or partner!
Where: Meet at the drainage line close to the ParkCare notice board opposite of the water reservoir off Rivett Street and French Street intersection, view this map.
Bring and wear: Sun protection, body covering garden clothing and sturdy shoes or gum boots.
Enquiries: Ph 6247 7515 or Email
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The densely tufted sedge Carex apressa provides a protective habitat for frogs and birds and food habitat for butterflies. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)

Tree Walk – Sunday 11 August 2019, 2pm – 4pm
Join local plant ecologist Michael Doherty as we take a walk through the woodlands of Mount Majura, looking at the characteristics of the common eucalypts and shrubs. Learn how to distinguish between Red Box, Apple Box, Yellow Box, Blakely’s Red Gum, Scribbly Gum and Brittle Gum. We will also see some relict Snow Gums in the saddle between Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie. On the way, we will hear of the ways that plants cope with drought and fire.
Where: Nature park entrance, Mackenzie Street nature park entrance roughly opposite Grayson Street Hackett; view this map.
Wear and bring: Sun protection, appropriate clothing for the weather sturdy shoes; drinking water.
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Michael Doherty will be leading an information packed tree walk. (Photo: Waltraud Pix)


Terrific National Tree Day 2019 on Mt Majura!
A Big Thank You to more than 75 enthusiastic volunteers for planting, watering and mulching over 100 local trees, shrubs and wildflowers on Sunday 28 July 2019; click on this picture gallery to view Steve’s brilliant photographs of the event. Residents of Watson, many families, the Majura Mountain scouts and cubs and a group of Landscape Architecture students visiting from Taiwan used the opportunity of this 12th National Tree Day hosted by FoMM to assist with the rehabilitation of the degraded grassy woodland in the nature reserve east of The Fair in North Watson. Read more.

Planting demonstration at National Tree Day 2019. (Photo: Steve Bittinger)
Echidna Train on Mt Majura
Canberra Nature Map (CNM) is a wonderful tool to share Mt Majura’s treasures and learn about our local wildlife. Jenni’s first contribution to CNM is this beautiful picture of Echidnas gathering which she took recently. Of course, the gathering has a reason and of course, sex is involved. Read Michael’s comment here and like Jenni’s contribution. Make your own discoveries and share them with the community. You need a GPS-enabled camera and register on CNM. Easy.

Echidna train on Mt Majura. (Photo: Jenni Marsh)


Other news and events:

Upcoming Parkcare Training and Events
4 September – Practical Chemical Training
11 September – Fringe Forum #3
26 September – Chemcert Training
17 October – First Aid Training
You can view the schedule in the documents section of the ParkCare Hub. The training activities will be open for registration (and visible as activities on the Hub) at around 4 weeks prior to each activity. FoMM needs a few more active weed sprayers, so please consider undertaking the Chemcert Training course!

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