ParkCare Patch - Isaacs Ridge Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare Activity

Isaacs Ridge Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare Activity

 

Join Michael and the Isaacs Ridge Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare Group as they work to control the weeds throughout Isaacs Ridge.

This is a great opportunity to contribute towards caring for your local Patch whilst meeting new friends.

The Issags Ridge Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare group meets on the second Sunday of the month - 9:00 – 11:00 am

The meeting point varies- email Alison.mcleod@act.gov.au for the details.

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Isaacs Ridge Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare - 2018 Update

Our ParkCare group is 10 years old! In November we had a celebratory cake and juice at the ParkCare seat on Isaacs Ridge. Guest of honour was Ted Fleming, who worked in Mugga Mugga for years before the group was formed.

I could have started this report with the first sentences from last year: “Our small group continues to battle invasive plants along Isaacs Ridge and Mount Mugga Mugga. Our main targets of course are Verbascum thapsus and Rosa rubiginosa. The weather has not been kind to us this year.” And again everything is very dry and the spring flowering has been poor. At least some of the weeds have struggled: we still have Patersons curse and St Johns wort but there is less capeweed.

This year the PCS program included the planting of a thousand trees and shrubs by Greening Australia, from the creek in Mugga Mugga then along and over Isaacs Ridge to some of the cleared area of Isaacs Pines. This is a great start to revegetating the slope and providing connectivity and bird habitat.

In February a rare butterfly was found in Callum Brae Nature Reserve and because this butterfly spends its larval and pupal stages in the nests of a particular species of ant this prompted an ACT search for these coconut ants. As well as many nests in Callum Brae they have been found in Mugga Mugga and Isaacs Ridge, spreading also to Red Hill and over to Aranda. The butterflies have been spotted around some nests.

Contractors carried out some major erosion control work at the creek between Mugga Mugga and Isaacs Ridge to prevent erosion from spreading to the Centenary Trail and the edge of the reserve. Five hundred grasses and sedges were planted by PCS and members of our group. These plants were protected by mesh fences which kept the kangaroos out. For some reason the rabbits didn’t bother getting under the fences for a few weeks but when they did they caused a lot of damage. We now have rabbit mesh at the bottom and plants are growing again.

Our patch is on the map, Canberra Nature Map https://canberra.naturemapr.org/ .Many of our plants and animals are photographed and recorded. We have more than 30 wattles but about half of them are not Canberra locals and nobody knows how they got there. This year we found and identified Acacia lanigera var. lanigera which is not common in the ACT: we had walked past the two plants for years without recognising them. Our gum trees are under-reported so someone with identification skills is welcome to join us.

Michael Sim

Convenor - Isaacs Ridge Mount Mugga Mugga ParkCare Group

E: mjsim@bigpond.net.au

 

 

 

 

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule


Date Start Time End Time
Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, May 12, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, June 09, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, August 11, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, September 08, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Sunday, December 08, 2019 9:00 AM 11:00 AM