It is now getting too cold to spray verbascum, so we plan to undertake some chipping of verbascum rosettes on the west side of the hill where we started at our last event. For those who want something different there are plenty of woody weeds to cut and dab.
For our May Day activity on Red Hill, you are invited to help plant 50 bursaria to complete our 2021 planting project, which was started last spring. The planting site is located on the ridge above Garran, close to a water cube, with vehicle access via the gate into the reserve at Rusden Street. If we finish early, there will be plenty of verbascum waiting to be chipped out.
While our backs have been turned, the verbascum have been popping up on the other side of Red Hill, in all the usual places. So this week we plan to return to a morning of chipping/spraying verbascum rosettes.
The Red hill Regenerators submitted on 18 February 2022 a response to this Legislative Assembly inquiry by the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity. All submissions have been published on their website. The terms of Reference include: (more…)
Our next activity on Red Hill will be on Sunday 3 April 2022 from 9am until 12.30pm. We will continue to work east and south through the high value parts of the Reserve above Deakin. Check out our web site for the 2022 vegetation values map.
Our next activity will be on Wednesday 16 March 2022 from 9am until 12.30pm. We have been making excellent progress removing woody weeds from the reserve above Kent Street. Our plan is to continue this work, this time starting at the top of the hill near the first water tank at the north western end (Kent Street end) of the Reserve. We will work east through the high value parts of the Reserve overlooking Deakin.
Our next activity will be on Sunday 6 March 2022 from 9am until 12.30pm. Our plan for the next few activities is to start at the north western end (Kent Street end) of the Reserve and work east and south through the high value parts of the Reserve. Check out our web site for the 2022 vegetation values map.
Canberra City News 11 February 2022
WORK is continuing to help protect one of the territory’s most well-known bird species, the gang-gang cockatoo.
The ACT government will co-ordinate and lead a national working group set up to deliver projects to help conserve the Gang-gang cockatoo.
The gang-gang cockatoo, is the animal emblem of the ACT. Populations of the bird suffered enormously during 2019-2020 bushfires, with 18 per cent of their habitat destroyed.
“While we consider the ACT to be a strong-hold for the species, preliminary results from collaborative research between the Australian National University and ACT Government indicate there may be fewer gang-gangs in Canberra than was previously believed,” said ACT environment minister Rebecca Vassarotti.
“Although the causes of decline are not well understood, the primary threats to the Gang-gang Cockatoo include habitat loss and the impacts of climate change, which destroy mature trees and alter the availability of key foraging resources.”
Populations of gang-gangs are also found well beyond the territory.
The federally funded national working group will monitor gang-gang numbers within the ACT, Blue Mountains, and the NSW south-east coast.
The working group consists of stakeholders from both local and state governments, community and research institutions, and land management agencies.
LandCare ACT has published an impressive list of 81 environmental volunteering groups in the ACT and surrounds, to ensure that anyone who wants to volunteer has an opportunity. More…
The National Archives of Australia (NAA) published a blog post on 18 February 2022 which discusses the history of the heritage listed historic plantings on Red Hill. The post recognises the work of the Regenerators in preserving these century old plantings and points to a minuted discussion (from the Archives) in November 1916 between Walter Burley Griffin and the Director, Federal Capital Design and Construction regarding planting red flowering plants on Red Hill. More…