The ACT Government has recently declared the scarlet robin as vulnerable in the ACT. This bird can be seen on Red Hill and any sightings should be reported here. More…
From Choice May 2015
A World Health Organisation report has linked a chemical in household weed killer Roundup with cancer. Roundup is used extensively by Parkcare groups including the Regenerators for ‘cut and dab’ activities on woody weeds and for spraying verbascum and other weeds. More…
Where: National Botanic Gardens Theatrette
When: Thursday 4 May 2015 from 12.30 to 1.30pm
Michael’s talk will be a natural history of Red Hill from its geological formation to the plants and animals that occur there today. It will have a specific focus but will place Red Hill into a wider ACT conservation context.
Dr Michael Mulvaney has been playing on Red Hill for more than 50 years. Over that time he has learnt the Hill’s story backwards and been part of its restoration to one of Australia’s most significant woodland remnants. Concern with all the garden escapees smothering his beloved Hill, led Michael into a PhD as to why some garden plants become weeds and most don’t. This led him in turn to being a junior author of the Weed Risk Assessment currently used as part of Australia quarantine checks. The wildlife knowledge he accumulated on Red Hill has seen Michael employed by the Commonwealth, NSW and ACT governments to provide expert advice on protecting native plants and animals into planning, development and conservation management decisions.
The Red Hill Regenerators invites you to help with our next working bee of 2015 on Sunday 3 May 2015.
This month we will continue the work of removing woody weeds along the base of Red Hill behind Mugga Way, from the cafe walking path northwards. (more…)
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service is fumigating rabbit warrens on Red Hill during April and May 2015. Notices have been placed at all main entrances to the reserve. More…
Canberra Times 22 April 2015
Regional Friends of Wildlife consider the 2015 ACT kangaroo cull ‘unnecessary’ and ‘unethical’. Meanwhile, the ACT Government has published research to show that a density of 1 kangaroo per hectare is preferable in Canberra Nature Parks. Based on the latest census of kangaroos on Red Hill, the current density is around 3 kangaroos per hectare. More…
The Regenerators will be running a stall at the Hughes ‘Party at the Shops’ event from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 9 May 2015. Show your support by calling in for a chat about how you can help maintain the environment of the Red Hill Nature Reserve. More…
From: Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands
I’ve been very concerned to see that most Blakely’s Red Gums in our area appear to be suffering some fairly sudden and severe dieback. Blakely’s Red Gum (Eucalyptus blakelyii) is one of 2 key species in the nationally critically endangered plant community Yellow Box – Red Gum Grassy Woodland.By dieback I am referring to trees that appear sick or dying, without an obvious cause. There are many possible causes of dieback: phyphthophera infection, uncontrolled and sustained insect attack (generally resulting from a lack of small woodland birds), exposure to herbicides, or other stressors such as salinity or prolonged drought. It’s thought that there is generally a combination of stressors that result in dieback that eventually kills trees.A listener to The Gardening Show on local ABC radio this morning raised this issue, and several others chimed in with similar concerns. I was so relieved to hear Graham “Willow” Williams, that cheerful, kind and keen horticulturist, arborist and long-time Canberran, say he reckons it is caused by Autumn Gum Moth caterpillars (Mnesampela privata). He thought this largely because it is so sudden, particularly affecting E. blakelyii, and it’s at this time of year. He says it is probably just a bad year for them (well, a good year for the moths!), and the red gums will generally make a full recovery.
Dear Friends of Red Hill,
The Red Hill Regenerators writes to invite you to help with our third working bee of 2015 on Sunday 5 April 2015.
As we move into autumn it is important to deal with deciduous woody weeds before the leaves start to turn colour. Once this happens the application of herbicides is less effective. So this month we are focussing on removing woody weeds including deciduous Nettle trees along the base of Red Hill behind Mugga Way, between the main car park north about 400m to the cafe walking path. The details:
Time: Sunday 5 April 2015 Work: 0900 to 1230 (more…)