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Black Mountain: A natural history of a Canberra icon

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Pre-order our 50th Anniversary Book Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon Celebrating 50 years of being a conservation reserve

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Black Mountain Nature Reserve The reserve is part of Canberra Nature Park. It epitomises the image of Canberra as the ‘Bush Capital’. Its rich diversity is a delight for local residents and visitors.

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What can you do on Black Mountain? Walk to the top and admire the views See and hear the birds Enjoy wildflowers, especially in spring Jog or cycle along the formed roads

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SUMMIT RAMBLE

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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50TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK

Black Mountain—A natural history of a Canberra icon

A book celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Black Mountain being declared a conservation reserve is now available

The Summit Walk, a joint initiative between the ACT Government, the National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and Telstra, was officially opened on 26 July 2000.

Choose your time to join our National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) Guides and Friends of Black Mountain Guide, Michael Doherty, a local plant ecologist, to hear about some of the winter flowering plants in the gardens and on the mountain during a ramble up the north-eastern slopes near the ANBG entry bridge up to the Summit of Black Mountain. Michael will also be talking about some very old trees (with 'elephants' feet' ?) and how trees and shrubs that show scars and rejuvenation cope with fire.

You can choose to walk at:

  • 9.30am sharp to 12pm (approximately), OR

  • 1.30pm sharp to 4pm (approximately).

Participants are welcome to walk up and back, but if you prefer not to walk down, ask a friend to meet you at the top.

The Summit Walk has some steep sections, so it is suitable for fit walkers (including children over the age of 12).

WEEDING WORK PARTY

Thank you to our last weeding party for removing several thousand weeds, including heaps of Red Passionflower.

On our August 7 weeding party, we'll be weeding at the Frith Road area behind the Australian National Botanic Gardens again where we will be removing more of the thriving Red Passionflower.

We will break for morning tea at 10.30am.

BLACK MOUNTAIN NATURE RESERVE

BLACK MOUNTAIN: A NATURAL HISTORY OF A CANBERRA ICON

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.

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