The recent rainfall has provided good conditions for our next activity on Red Hill – the Great Horehound Hunt. Thankfully, unlike other hounds, the Horehound can be easily caught. Horehound is an invasive weed which grows in disturbed ground, spreads by seed, and is now occupying an area on Red Hill close to the recently planted natives. They can be controlled by pulling out the plants by hand, which will be made easier after the rain. Any new seedlings will be sprayed in the Spring. Observation of the kangaroo activity around the recent plantings is showing evidence of their complete disregard for the barriers of cuttings placed around planting groups. Some kangaroos actually seem to prefer lounging inside the barriers rather than outside. Our solution will be to supplement the existing cuttings and to relocate them so that individual plants are protected. Our always helpful Parks and Conservation Service Ranger Martin has delivered more Cootamundra cuttings to help in the plantings protection, together with some loads of eucalyptus mulch to spread around each plant, for weed suppression and moisture conservation.
Time: Sunday 7 July 2019 Work: 0900 to 1230
Location: Meet at the water cube located beside the reserve fence behind Glasgow Place, Hughes. Park in either Glasgow Place or in the Telstra building, Kent Street car park and walk about 200m along the fence line to the water cube.
- Spread eucalyptus mulch around the plantings;
- Relocate Cootamundra wattle cuttings to protect individual plants;
- Hand pull Horehound plants;
- Cut and dab any woody weeds in this part of the Reserve.
Conditions: flat to sloping with mostly open woodland
You bring: Water to drink, hat, gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants, eye protection, sunscreen cream, solid shoes. BYO morning tea.
We bring: Tools, buckets, herbicide dabbers and instructions.
Note: It is important that you attend the safety and activity briefing at 0900. Children under 15 years must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. Individuals who are under 18 years must have parental or guardian consent.
Cancellation: The activity will be cancelled by email (if possible) if rain/wind is forecast which could make planned work potentially hazardous, or high temperatures before midday are forecast. NOTE: In addition to the monthly work activities, other events of interest for your diary include a Wildflower/wildlife Walk (2 November 2019) and a Butterfly Walk (30 November 2019).
Other 2019 activities scheduled for your diary are:
- Wednesday 17 July 2019 09.00am. Working bee
- Sunday 4 August 2019 09.00am. Working bee
- Wednesday 14 August 2019 09.00am. Working bee
- Sunday 1 September 2019 09.00amWorking bee
- Wednesday 18 September 2019 09.00amWorking bee
- Sunday 6 October 2019 09.00amWorking bee
- Wednesday 16 October 2019 09.00amWorking bee
- Saturday 2 November 2019. Wildflower and wildlife walk led by ecologist Dr Michael Mulvaney. What Michael doesn’t know about Red Hill is not worth knowing.
- Sunday 3 November 2019 09.00amWorking bee
- Wednesday 13 November 2019 09.00amWorking bee
- Saturday 30 November 2019 10.00am. Butterfly Walk led by Dr Suzi Bond, butterfly expert and author of “Field Guide to Butterflies of the ACT”
- Sunday 1 December 2019 08.00amWorking bee and AGM
- Wednesday 11 December 2019 08.00am Working Bee