Geographic focus: Flea Bog Flat, a patch of native bush in Bruce, corner Haydon Drive and Belconnen Way.
About Flea Bog Flat: This area of native bush and wetland is not only of ecological importance but also has historic significance for Canberra as it contains a remnant part of the old Weetangera Road. This was one of the earliest parish roads in the region, running from present day Lyneham to the Molonglo River connecting rural properties. As the suburbs of Belconnen were developed from the mid 1960s the road was gradually replaced but many Canberra residents still remember travelling on the road for picnics at Uriarra.
The Flea Bog Flat block is densely vegetated, and cool and dark even during the hottest days of the year. The site contains some Yellow box/Red box woodland and numerous mature Apple box trees. Many bird species flourish in the rich understorey alongside remains of the past, such as old fence lines and drainage ditches, which can still be spotted by the visitor who dares to get bogged!
Flea Bog Flat is featured on a popular heritage bike trail that starts on Dryandra Street, O’Connor, please find the trail notes here http://www.actionheritage.com.au/old-weetangera-road-trail.html.
Activities and Working Bees: The group has just recently formed and welcomes any new members interested in contributing to the group’s main aims:
1. caring for the Flea Bog Flat area and its flora and fauna, and
2. researching, preserving and communicating its rich heritage.
The Friends will work with TCCS and the local community to remove invasive weeds and develop heritage interpretive material so that the significance of the site is accessible to all.