The Current Calendar (below) includes FoG and related activities. To be kept fully up to date with FoG activities, become a member, get the newsletter and if you have email access you'll also get the FoG E-bulletin with all the latest news and information. If you have queries about any of the activities below, contact the person nominated, or Contact Us.
FoG visits many private or public properties during the year to assist in plant identification and management issues. These visits usually do not appear in the FoG program because we may not know what to expect at such sites and because they are usually arranged at short notice. If you are interested in participating in property visits, Contact Us.
Please advertise this information amongst your friends and networks and support our activities.
Non FoG members are welcome to participate in FoG events.
For any FoG activity you should register with the indicated contact, who can assist with directions and possibly car pooling. By registering you assist us to organise any catering and provide you with any other information that you may need, including late changes.
Tuesday 14 November late afternoon, FoG visit to Conder area grassy landscape
“We are hoping to find Diuris dendrobioides [common name: Wedge Diuris] on this walk next Tuesday afternoon-evening. It is unpredictable and difficult to see in a dry year.” So says Michael Bedingfield who is leading this walk. However, the area had 42 mm in the very recent rain … We shall meet on 14 November at 4.45 pm, at the corner of Templestowe Ave and Jane Sutherland St in Conder, to explore this part of Tuggeranong Hill Nature Reserve for the orchid and other forbs. It is a patch of woodland bounded on two sides by creeks and has a wonderful array of native plants, with over 170 species within the approximately 16 hectares. The terrain is a gentle slope, and we will cross a dry creek or two. Please email email@example.com by Tuesday morning to say you’ll be joining in.
Thursday 16 November, 9.30 am – 3.00pm: Scottsdale monitoring
In November, for the 10th time, FOG will monitor the grasslands of ‘Scottsdale’, the Bush Heritage property near Bredbo. The purpose of our annual monitoring has been to track the effectiveness of various strategies for managing African Love Grass.
I am calling for volunteers for that day. No special knowledge is necessary, although it is useful to have some idea of grasses and forbs. Mostly the tasks involve finding the plots, running out the tape, and recording species.
If you would like to join us, please let me know at least a week before the event so that I can coordinate teams and vehicles: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 23 November, 10 am – 3.30 pm: Monaro Golden Daisy threatened species field day and seminar
Celebrating Monaro Golden Daisy – showcase (10.30) and workshop (1.30), Thursday 23 November, Cooma NSW.
This event will include a visit to the Monaro’s iconic Old Cooma Common Grassland Reserve, to showcase the native grassland there, to see the Monaro Golden Daisy (Rutidosis leiolepis) in flower, to publicise FOG’s Monaro Golden Daisy three-year project, and to celebrate FOG’s eighteen-year involvement in Cooma grasslands. If you haven’t been to the Common, it is a large reserve with spectacular landscape views showing the extensive Monaro grasslands and distant mountains. The workshop will enable FOG and partners (SE Local Land Services, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, NSW OEH and K2C) to assess achievements to-date and proposals to conserve grassland and associated threatened species in future. We hope many FOG members and friends will make the effort to join us. Speakers include David Eddy, Margaret Ning, Geoff Robertson, Sarah Sharp, Rob Armstrong, Brett Jones, Leon Miners and Tony Robinson. A light lunch will be provided for workshop participants. Enquiries & booking: email@example.com, or phone 0403 221 117 or 6241 4065. The walking terrain is flat hilltop. Parking is also on the hilltop.
Sunday 26 November, 9 – 11.30 am: Yarramundi Grassland workparty
Helpers are needed to combat the weeds at Yarramundi Reach grassland beside the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Acton. Jobs include rubbish removal and some cut-and-daub weeding. We particularly need volunteers who have weed spraying experience. Be sure to REGISTER with John Fitz Gerald at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 24 November to ensure enough morning tea and tools. The event will be automatically cancelled in the event of heavy rain, thunderstorms or forecast temperatures above 35 deg C.
Sunday 26 November: Stirling Park workparty - cancelled
The work party that had been planned for Stirling Park on 26 November has been cancelled. There may be some watering of plants to be done in the coming months, however. Thank you to all who have made fabulous contributions in this grassy woodland this year. We have achieved a great deal in restoring Stirling Park and will be back in 2018.
Sunday 26 November, 9.30 am start: National Trust Heritage Walk at Oaks Estate
The third National Trust walk is at Oaks Estate. The walk will commence at 9.30am, last for 1½ to 2 hours and be led by members of the National Trust or other expert leaders. Book via at www.nationaltrust.org.au/act/heritagewalks-act/ and Facebook www.facebook.com/HeritageWalksACT. Cost is $7 per person.
You need to be reasonably fit and able to deal with bush tracks and long grass. Wear walking shoes and take sun protection and water.
8–12 December: Gungarlin River (NSW) adventure, 5 days
‘Get away from it all’ on an adventure to Gungarlin River with FOG and the Australian Native Plant Society, 8–12 December. Gungarlin River is in Kosciuszko National Park, an hour north-west of Berridale, near the boundary with the Jagungal Wilderness. This will be a tents and campervans trip, staying at a campsite with one pit toilet. Alternatively, you could stay in Berridale and drive out each day. In this adventure the group will explore the surrounding grassy plains, which should be fabulous at that time. Dr Roger Farrow will lead the adventure. To find out expected walking distances, terrain, etc., and to register, email email@example.com by early December.
Thursday 14 December, 5:30pm: End of year FOG ‘picnic’
For members of FOG. We are all invited to join in the end-of-year picnic on Thursday 14 December from 5.30 pm, at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, ACT. As in the two previous years, this is an evening simply for ‘getting to know other FOG members’ cum ‘catching up with FOG friends’. Please bring your own picnic, etc., and you are welcome to bring guests. There is plenty of parking. We will be using the wetlands building with its pleasant outer deck and inner room. There are also bird-watching hides overlooking the wetlands, and once again we hope groups can be led on a short walk through the area. The FOG newsletter for January–February 2018 will be being packed and labelled that evening, from 5.30 pm in the inner room, and you are welcome to help or not, as you choose. FOG will provide some finger foods and wines. Please register with firstname.lastname@example.org, for catering reasons and for more information. This evening is for FOG members and guests only.
10–11 February 2018: Adventure to Nerriga, NSW
Looking ahead: FOG is invited (with ANPS folk too) to visit a members’ property a few kilometres from Nerriga village and adjacent to Morton National Park, in February. This is ‘an area of amazing natural rugged beauty and incredible biodiversity’. A review of recorded species from the Atlas of Living Australia identified several endangered and rare plants in the area, which the owners have searched out and identified. Lauren’s invitation says: “We welcome members of FOG and others to our property to enjoy the bushland and to view the species we have located. We are able to provide some shared accommodation in caravans, and have plenty of mowed open space for campers, caravans or camper trailers. We have a cabin with kitchen and BBQ, a lounge area with potbelly for cold nights and a bathroom with hot shower. The pit toilet is located nearby (but far enough away!). We have an outdoor firepit area, plenty of seating and tables and a small pizza oven. The Nerriga pub is 5 mins up the road.” Expressions of interest to Margaret.Ning@fog.org.au, please.
Please advertise this information among your friends and networks. Non FoG members are welcome to FoG events. For inquiries or if you have an item to include, please Contact Us