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Friends of Black Mountain

Friends of Black Mountain is an energetic local community group of volunteers who help conserve and promote Black Mountain's biodiversity and values now and for future generations. 



New members are always welcome.

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FoBM Weed Work Party

Saturday 6 February 2021

8:30am - 11:30am

Our last couple of weeding parties removed almost 2000 woody and other weeds from a couple of sections of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and about a thousand Saffron thistles from the Powerline trail on Black Mountain.

Our next Weeding Work Party will be in the Woodland area of Black Mountain on Saturday 6 February 2021, 8.30am-11.30am.

We will break for a delicious morning tea at about 10.00am.

Weed Work Party
FoBM Coming Events
Coming FoBM Events
  • FoBM Weeding Work Party
    FoBM Weeding Work Party
    5 November 2022, 8.30am-11.30am
    Small parking area mountain side Caswell
    5 November 2022, 8.30am-11.30am
    Small parking area mountain side Caswell, Caswell Dr, Aranda ACT 2614, Australia
    5 November 2022, 8.30am-11.30am
    Small parking area mountain side Caswell, Caswell Dr, Aranda ACT 2614, Australia
    November's weeding work party is to remove more woody weeds near the Woodland walk.
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    Online Event
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A book celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Black Mountain being declared a conservation reserve is now available.

Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon is for everyone to enjoy.

Black Mountain, geographically and metaphorically at the heart of Canberra, is celebrating 50 years of being a conservation reserve. Based on a series of scientific papers prepared by local experts, richly illustrated with maps, diagrams and photographs, this book is a go-to for current knowledge about the area's biodiversity and ecology.

Read more about ordering your book here ...

50th Anniversary Book



Great News!

                                                                                                                                                          Dr Rosemary Purdie


Dr Rosemary Purdie has been recognised with 'Highly Commended' for her Volunteer Leadership in the 2020 Volunteer Awards.

Rosemary Purdie is an outstanding volunteer and leader of volunteers. This is evident in her contribution to the conservation, management and promotion of Black Mountain Nature Reserve and surrounding areas for more than 8 years, individually and as a leader of volunteers, as well as more broadly.

Her excellent knowledge and the high regard in which Rosemary is held by the scientific community and community organisations enabled her coordination of the successful Black Mountain Symposium 2018. Its papers are held by the National Library and other libraries and were valuable for her and Ian Fraser to co-author Black Mountain a natural history of a Canberra icon; published in 2020 by Friends of Black Mountain as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Black Mountain being declared a conservation reserve.

Rosemary is a plant ecologist, is a key voluntary advisor to FoBM, and other organisations; such as the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. She regularly leads public walks, is the botanical leader for vegetation surveys, the weeding program, interpretive signage and booklets, and advises government agencies about issues related to the Nature Reserve, including controlled burning.

Rosemary consistently educates and inspires volunteers and community awareness about all things ecological in our environment and is highly regarded for leading and inspiring volunteers and members of the community in understanding the valuable ecology of Black Mountain Nature Reserve, helping them to overcome problems, and contribute to highly regarded stewardship of this Canberra icon.

Rosemary Purdie 2020 Award

Black Mountain Nature Reserve

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this region, the Ngunawal People. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life that is within and around the Molonglo catchment.

Molonglo Conservation Group acknowledges the funding assistance provided through the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme Regional Investment Strategy, various ACT Government environment and heritage programs, and various NSW Government programs.

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