ParkCare Patch - Friends of Mulligans Flat

Friends of Mulligans Flat

The ‘Friends of Mulligans Flat’ was established in late 2011. They are part of the ParkCare network that operate in partnership with ACT Parks and Conservation Service. ParkCare volunteer groups work in many nature reserves in Canberra Nature Parks and urban open spaces.

ParkCare activities vary depending on the reserve, the season, the availability of reserve staff to lend support and volunteer resources.

Activities can include:

  • woody and annual weed removal
  • seed collection from local native species
  • propagation and planting
  • removal of litter
  • biodiversity monitoring
  • erosion control and soil conservation works

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Friends of Mulligans Flat - 2018 Update

The Friends of Mulligans Flat have had another busy year.   We now have around 550 Friends signed up, with the majority just maintaining an interest in what is going on.   However our 40 – 50 active volunteers continue to contribute hugely to the Mulligans Flat Wildlife Sanctuary by helping out with PCS park care activities as well as with the Woodland and Wetland Trust activities.

With the new predator fence nearly completed there is now another 800 hectares to help look after, so the Friends ventured into Goorooyaroo to assist the Rangers in mapping out rabbit habitat.   Hopefully the rabbits and other exotic pests can be removed quickly to allow the extended sanctuary to reach its full potential.   The Friends are also looking forward to the completion of the new Education and Learning Centre, the new “gateway” to Mulligans Flat in the Throsby suburb.   This centre will introduce a range of new activities for our volunteers, similar to what occurs at Tidbinbilla.

Our monthly work parties this year included some quite different activities.   Within the current Sanctuary there are a number of bettong exclosures.   These small one hectare plots are “control” sites to determine how the bettongs constant digging affects the soil profile.   But nobody told the bettongs that they can’t climb the meter high fence!   So under the guidance of Ranger Dave and his team the Friends helped fit an experimental “floppy top” to one of the exclosures.   Time will tell how successful this is – echidnas still try to get into the exclosures and the wily bettongs soon follow!!!

Once again this year the Friends have flocked to participate in the turtle patrol and for the annual echidna count.   For the third year in a row the echidna numbers appear to be in the low 50s, so there is a growing confidence in the method used and the number derived.

A new activity this year is monitoring some key dams to gain an insight into turtle nesting numbers, with the aim to hopefully capture emerging turtle hatchlings for relocation to other key sites in the region.   Foxes are predating large numbers of turtle nests.   Fox control, whilst a very important ongoing project, does not offer sufficient protection as only one fox can potentially predate over 95% of nests.   Turtles have quite long lives and their current numbers appear reasonably healthy, but with the reducing number of turtle hatchlings entering the population it is only a matter of time before numbers start to decrease.

It hasn’t all been exciting with challenging and new activities!   The weeds still grow, and we still continue to keep them under control!

Schedule Summary

This activity has the following schedule


Date Start Time End Time
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 9:30 AM 11:30 AM
Sunday, March 17, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:30 AM 11:30 AM
Wednesday, May 08, 2019 9:30 AM 11:30 AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 9:30 AM 11:30 AM
Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:30 AM 11:30 AM