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Celebrate the spring flowering on beautiful Black Mountain with a social ramble for wildflower lovers in the tradition established by Nancy Burbidge, and continued by George Chippendale. Discover the surprising diversity of tiny orchids, bush peas, wattles and billy buttons on easy bush tracks with experienced guides and good company.

All springs are not the same. The pattern remains but timing and abundance vary with the weather. Friends of Black Mountain welcomes all comers, be they experts or those who have never slowed down to see the somewhat cryptic diversity. We plan several guides, with helpers, who will take different directions.

Please allow time to park and walk to the meeting point.

There will be some books for sale, including Black Mountain a natural history of a Canberra icon by Ian Fraser and Rosemary Purdie.

Walk may run overtime.

Spring Walk 2019 Crowd David McMahonSpringWalk2019 JoyMcMahon


Choose your own time to discover orchids on Black Mountain!

Jean Egan has led these popular orchid walks since 2011, and has done botanic art for many or the more than 60 orchid species that are native plants on Black Mountain.  Jean is also a co-author of the Field Guide to Orchids of the ACT and the Field Guide to Orchids of the Southern Tablelands of NSW including the ACT which will be published soon.

Choose which time to join her to see some spring flowering native terrestrial orchids and learn more about this fascinating group of plants:

  • 10am - 12pm, OR
  • 1pm - 3pm.

There is some off-track walking so wear sturdy shoes. Bring your hand lens.

Black Mountain Orchid David McMahon 2019Purple Beard Orchid Libby Viccars


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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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