Our last couple of Weeding Work parties removed almost 2000 woody weeds from a couple of sections of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and about a thousand Saffron Thistles from the powerline road on Black Mountain.

Our next Weeding Work Party on 6 March 2021 will be in the south eastern area of Black Mountain. 

Please note the weather; the work party will be cancelled early in the morning if there is inclement weather.  

weeders with green bags on black mountain


Sunday 14 March, 10.30-12pm (or a little later) - FULLY BOOKED

In Autumn, we see not only how colourful butterflies are when they are flying, but also how well 'camouflaged' they are when resting on logs or rocks. Will we see Imperial Jezebels, Australian Painted Ladies, Common Brown Butterflies and/or others that are around in Autumn? We all love sunlight, and owe many glorious and sweet-scented flowers, at least those of long tubular form, to the butterflies and moths that pollinate them. 

Join our local expert, Suzi Bond, to see and hear about butterflies and the plants they like near the summit of Black Mountain.

It will be a generally easy walk with some steep sections and steps.

Copies of the "Field Guide to the Butterflies of the Australia Capital Territory" by Suzi Bond with Steve Halliday and John Stein will be for sale. Other booklets will also be for sale, 

Please note: Places are limited, and limited to those over 18 years of age.

Butterfly on blossom


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Rosemary Purdie has been recognised in 2020 Volunteer Awards

Dr Rosemary Purdie
Dr Rosemary Purdie

Great News!

Dr Rosemary Purdie has been recognised with 'Highly Commended' for her Volunteer Leadership in the 2020 Volunteer Awards.

Rosemary Purdie is an outstanding volunteer and leader of volunteers. This is evident in her contribution to the conservation, management and promotion of Black Mountain Nature Reserve and surrounding areas for more than 8 years, individually and as a leader of volunteers, as well as more broadly.

Her excellent knowledge and the high regard in which Rosemary is held by the scientific community and community organisations enabled her coordination of the successful Black Mountain Symposium 2018. Its papers are held by the National Library and other libraries and were valuable for her and Ian Fraser to co-author Black Mountain a natural history of a Canberra icon; published in 2020 by Friends of Black Mountain as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Black Mountain being declared a conservation reserve.

Rosemary is a plant ecologist, is a key voluntary advisor to FoBM, and other organisations; such as the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. She regularly leads public walks, is the botanical leader for vegetation surveys, the weeding program, interpretive signage and booklets, and advises government agencies about issues related to the Nature Reserve, including controlled burning.

Rosemary consistently educates and inspires volunteers and community awareness about all things ecological in our environment and is highly regarded for leading and inspiring volunteers and members of the community in understanding the valuable ecology of Black Mountain Nature Reserve, helping them to overcome problems, and contribute to highly regarded stewardship of this Canberra icon.

Black Mountain: A natural history of a Canberra icon

Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon is for everyone to enjoy.

Black Mountain, geographically and metaphorically at the heart of Canberra, is celebrating 50 years of being a conservation reserve. Based on a series of scientific papers prepared by local experts, richly illustrated with maps, diagrams and photographs, this book is a go-to for current knowledge about the area's biodiversity and ecology.

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