- The Australian National Botanic Gardens specialises in Australian Native Plants. As well as maintaining gardens at Black Mountain in the ACT and the Booderee (formerly Jervis Bay) National Park on the NSW South Coast, it carries out research and catalogues and records species. The web site provides access to some of this information, and is continually being enlarged and improved. Extend your botanical skills and identify local Australian plants using plant identification tools, microscopes, and a public reference herbarium collection at the Botanical Resource Centre. Open seven days a week from 9.30am to 4.30pm and free of charge, visitors can browse the public reference herbarium of plants from ACT and south-eastern New South Wales, test their identification skills or bring specimens to identify (from ACT and south-eastern NSW region). Trained volunteer facilitators are present on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings, and can be booked to give an introductory tour on other days.Focusing on identification of flora from the Australian Capital Territory and south-eastern New South Wales, the centre is a great resource for students and researchers, plant surveyors and native plant enthusiasts and amateur botanists.The following interactive computer keys are available on the computers in the Botanical Resource Centre:
Families of Flowering Plants – key to the families
Euclid – key to the eucalypts of Australia
Wattle – key to the genus Acacia
Australian Orchid Genera – key to the genera of Australian orchids
The Pea Key – interactive website to identify Australia’s pea flowers
Australian Tropical Rain Forest Trees and Shrubs – tropical rainforest plants
- The Federal Department of the Environment has a large biodiversity database on Australian flora (ABRS Flora Online). Their biodiversity database on Australian fauna (ABRS Fauna Online) is also worth a look.
- The Australian Native Plant Society has a great web site for Australian plant enthusiasts. Their on-line journal is here and you can access their electronic blog “Gumnuts“.
- The ACT’s Planning and Development Directorate (formerly the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water) has information about ACT Nature Parks and Reserves. The Red Hill Reserve is part of Canberra Nature Park. Wikipedia also provides some information about the Red Hill Nature Park.
- If you want to know more about the native birds of Canberra, and how to attract them to your garden, try the Canberra Ornithologists Group.
- EcoVoice provides a forum for extensive, up to date information on the environment and sustainable development. Eco Voice provides a regular and broad overview of environmental information. It covers everything from renewable energy and sustainable building to natural living and organic agriculture.
- Watch Michael and Maddie the wildlife detectives as they solve some wildlife conundrums on and around Red Hill. More..
- Other links
The Atlas of Living Australia enables free access to Australian biodiversity information online. The Atlas will provide online access to biodiversity information from museums, herbaria and biological collections, including information previously not available to the public, research, literature, observations, maps and images. (Government web site)
Bush Heritage Australia – Our vision is to protect by 2025 one per cent of Australia (more than 7 million hectares) and in so doing conserve significant areas of Australia’s land and water of high conservation significance. This goal of one per cent has been derived from national scientific assessments which conclude that a significant proportion of Australia’s land mass needs to be protected in order to effectively conserve Australia’s animals and plants and their habitats. Volunteering activities are available. More…
Canberra Invasive Plants Facebook group
Canberra Nature Map: interactive mapping from ACT Parks and Conservation Service. Send your photos and have them identified by the experts
Centenary Trail: which passes through the Red Hill Reserve
Conservation Council – For more environmental news for your local region “like” the Conservation Council on Facebook
Environmental Defenders Office is a non-profit community legal centre based in Canberra. It advises on environmental and planning law and aim to increase public awareness of environmental laws and remedies. It advises on questions of Commonwealth and Australian Capital Territory law and offers a free telephone advice service on environmental-law questions.
Flora of Australia (Government web site)
Fauna of Australia (Government web site)
Nature Conservation Council of NSW – Urban Bushland Web site
‘Photographic Guide to Native Plants of the Australian Capital Territory” by Meredith Cosgrove. Meadow Argus Books. $45
Southern ACT Catchment Group – The Red Hill Regeneration Group is a member
Thunderstone: Aboriginal Cultural and Land Management services
Walks in the ACT, hosted by ABC 666
Weeds in Australia (Government web site)
Weeds Australia (NGO)
ACT Park Care Groups
Websites for grants and funding possibilitiesGrantslink – www.grantslink.gov.au/DAFF grants & assistance – http://www.daff.gov.au/about/current-grantsDEWHA grants & funding – http://www.environment.gov.au/about/programs/index.htmlFRRR grants – www.frrr.org.au/currentprojects.aspCaring for our Country funding – www.nrm.gov.au/funding/index.htmlACT NRM Council: – http://www.actnrmcouncil.org.au/