For upcoming events, see: What's on at The Pinnacle
Geographic Focus: The 128-hectare Pinnacle Nature Reserve, located south of the suburbs of Hawker and Weetangera, Belconnen. We also carry out some activities in the adjacent paddocks between the Reserve and William Hovel Drive (see location map).
Guided Walks: Guided walks are held in Autumn and Spring centred around various topics. The seasonal walks programs are advertised on our website usually in March and August; individual walks are advertised on our “what's on” calendar and also on the GCG calendar of events.
Weed control: Most weed control is carried out by individuals or small groups with herbicides. These activities are necessarily controlled by the weather and availability of ChemCert trained volunteers. Non-chemical weed control is carried out by small working parties every Thursday and many Saturday mornings, weather permitting. Check our calendar for latest details, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revegetation: Considerable tree planting was carried out in the 1990s by our predecessors, the “Pinnacle Environment Group”. This greatly enhanced the Reserve as pleasant place to walk as well as providing improved bird habitat (more than a third of all bird species in the ACT have been observed on the Reserve). In recent years we have been carrying out complementary planting of ground-layer and shrub-layer plants to complement the trees and further enhance the area for native birds and animals. Planting events are usually held twice each year, in Autumn and Spring. Check our calendar for latest details, or contact us at email@example.com.
Ecological communities at The Pinnacle Nature Reserve represent ecosystems of the ACT region now largely replaced by agriculture, forestry, urban and infrastructure development.
We seek to halt the decline of these ecological communities by better managing threats from inappropriate fire regimes, invasive weeds, grazing and disturbance by elevated rabbit and kangaroo populations, the insidious progression of erosion and the loss of endemic plant species. We also know that for people, enormous benefits flow from re-connecting with nature, the land and from working alongside others towards a common goal.
In May 2010 we released a draft Community Weed Management Plan for the Pinnacle Nature Reserve for community comment. This plan has been in operation for more than 5 years and has produced noticeable (and measureable) decreases in weeds on the reserve and enhanced the experience of Reserve users..
We have also surveyed and assessed erosion across the Reserve and adjacent properties using the Landscape Function Analysis methodology developed by David Tongway and coworkers at the CSIRO, and as a result have installed erosion control measures on the most at-risk areas.
Bird and reptile surveys are ongoing. Rabbit populations are monitored regularly by mapping active burrow entrances which are sent to Parks and Conservation Service to facilitate their fumigation. In 2011 to 2014 we carried out a study to trial strategies for restoring native grasses.
The Friends are a highly motivated, well resourced and active group of people keen to implement an effective environmental management system for the reserve. We hope you will join us.