Successful research on Little Eagles on Red Hill published

The Red Hill Regenerators was awarded grant of $30,000 in 2019, to enable a small ACT population of Little Eagles to be tracked using GPS trackers which were attached to four birds. The birds were tracked travelling from the ACT north to Far North Queensland and south into Victoria.

The Red Hill Regenerators learned a lot about Little Eagle ecology and movement and the study of this bird. We learnt that the birds mainly observed hunting on Red Hill, outside of the breeding season, nested on Black Mountain, and that the value of Red Hill for the Little Eagle is as a foraging site. A roosting female (feeding on both rabbits or magpie was observed on a number of occasions). However, involvement in the study has also taught us that the Little Eagle has a complex relationship with the Wedge-tailed Eagle and that increasing hunting on the hill by a new and young pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles may have temporarily made Red Hill a less attractive foraging/roosting habitat for the Little Eagle.

The research will be ongoing. A report titled “The ecology and movement of the ACT’s adult female Little Eagle” was delivered on 21 June 2021 to the granting organisation, the ACT Department of the Environment & Sustainability Development Directorate and can be downloaded here.

Red Hill working bee Wednesday 23 June 2021 from 9am

You are invited to join us on Wednesday 23 Jun 2021 at 09.00am to 12.30pm for our next work activity on Red Hill.   On Wednesday, we plan to continue our work from previous months to deal with mainly verbascum, by beheading/dabbing the flower spikes, and chipping small plants.

Integrated Plan for Red Hill finalised

The ACT Government published for public comment a Draft Integrated Plan for Red Hill, after sustained engagement from the Red Hill Regenerators, the Federal Golf Club and other stakeholders, and a resolution of the Legislative Assembly. On 16 June 2021, the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman MLA informed the President, Red Hill Regenerators that the ACT Government had finalised the Plan. 

Minister’s media release 17 June 2021

The Federal Golf Club issued the following statement on 17 June 2021:

The draft Red Hill Integrated Plan was a very thorough piece of work which included wide ranging input from multiple agencies and community groups. The Club acknowledges the many contributions to this study and looks forward to continuing close contact with community groups as we work through the implementation of the Plan towards a Development Application.

This is a very important and pleasing day for the future of our Club. The Over 55 Development provides for our water and financial security, replaces ageing course and clubhouse infrastructure, improves course and practice facilities and provides much improved facilities for the local community including the ability to downsize and age in place in a beautiful environment. It secures our Club for the whole community.

Next steps with our Over 55 Development partner, Mbark, will involve consultation with the Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) on implementation arrangements and preparation of a Development Application for the Over 55 Village and associated course changes working closely with Club members and the local community and based on the approved provisions contained in the Final Red Hill Integrated Plan.

Much more news and discussions to be had in the days ahead.

 Bob Correll, Chair of the Board Development Committee.

 

More information can be found here.

Red Hill work activity Sunday 6 June 2021 9am

You are invited to join us on Sunday 6 June 2021 at 09.00am for our next work activity on Red Hill.   On Sunday, we plan to continue our progress from previous months to deal with mainly verbascum, by beheading/dabbing the flower spikes, chipping small plants and spraying others.

Red Hill work activity Wednesday 19 May 2021 from 9am

You are invited to join us on Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 09.00am for our next work activity on Red Hill.   On Wednesday, we plan to continue our work from previous months to deal with mainly verbascum, by beheading/dabbing the flower spikes, chipping small plants and spraying others.

Grant application for tree planting

The Regenerators submitted an application in March 2021, under the ACT Government 2020-21 Covid-19 Stimulus Community Connections Grant Program – CCGR2043, for a grant of $1646 to enable 200 tube stock native trees and shrubs to be planted on Red Hill to further enhance our multi year program of environmental repair through supplementary native plantings. Subject to receipt of the grant funds, the Regenerators will, in consultation with the ACT Parks & Conservation Service, select an appropriate location, contract to drill tree planting holes, and invite members and the community to undertake a community planting event. Ongoing plant protection, management and watering will be delivered by Regenerators volunteers.  The grant was approved by Minister Emma Davidson, MLA, on 13 May 2021.

Grant application for weed control

 

 

The Regenerators teamed up with the Southern ACT Catchment Management Group to apply in May 2021 to the ACT Government for a 2021-22 ACT Environment & Nature in the City grant for $26,746 for the eradication of around 4ha of horehound, which has been spreading rapidly and is now beyond the resources of the Regenerators to control effectively. The application comprises weed eradication by contract spraying, followed up by grass and forb seeding to stabilise the sprayed area. Later it is planned to plant 200 understorey tube stock to further repair the environment and reestablish small bird nesting opportunities. Volunteers from the Regenerators will contribute an equal value of effort through planting and maintaining the tube stock together with ensuring that any regermination of horehound is swiftly dealt with. Subject to receipt of the grant funds, it is planned to commence weed eradication in spring 2021, followed by seeding in 2022 and planting in 2023.

The application was successful, with $31,806  being granted in June 2021 to the Southern ACT Catchment Group, which will manage the project. More

Red Hill work activity Sunday 2 May 2021, from 9am

You are invited to join us on Sunday 2 May 2021 at 09.00am for our next monthly activity on Red Hill.   On Sunday, we plan to continue our work from previous months to continue our sisyphusian efforts to deal with mainly verbascum, by beheading/dabbing the flower spikes, chipping small plants and dabbing others.

Red Hill work activity Sunday 11 April 2021 from 9am

You are invited to join us on Sunday 11 April at 09.00am for our next monthly activity on Red Hill for 2021.   On Sunday, we plan to continue our work from last month to deal with mainly verbascum, by either beheading/dabbing the flower spikes, chipping small plants and dabbing others.

Red Hill work activity Wednesday 17 March 2021

You are invited to join us on Wednesday 17 March at 09.00am for our mid month activity on Red Hill.  We plan to deal with verbascum, horehound and maintenance of our recent plantings.

Welcome to ACT Red Hill Regenerators

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource