About Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands ParkCare Group
What We Do
Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands is a volunteer group formed to help take care of the Wetlands. As with most similar groups, we focus on weeding and planting. In addition, we have the opportunity to join rangers, bird experts and scientists in various surveys, including the quarterly bird survey, frog monitoring with Frogwatch, and surveys looking for feral animals and native fauna.
Jerrabomberra Wetlands has a varied landscape so we find ourselves working in the woodlands, beside Jerrabomberra Creek, or around the bird hides or wetlands. Our work is also varied, from removing small willows or african boxthorn, planting native grass seedlings and trees, weeding around beautiful native understorey plants, or mulching and watering. We’re also very happy to have bird watchers, photographers or people with other interests join us to add to the experience.
Who We Are
Established in 2013, the Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands (FJW) has grown to become an active and valuable part of the Wetlands team. The Friends group is part of the PCS ParkCare program which supports over 20 volunteer groups working in conservation reserves throughout the ACT. FJW is also a member of Molonglo Catchment Group, a community-based umbrella group which supports and champions volunteer ParkCare and Landcare groups in the wider catchment in the ACT and NSW. Inner South See-Change were instrumental in getting the group underway and remain strong supporters.
Following on from the inspirational Kathryn Kelly, Deb Kellock is the current Coordinator of FJW.
What do people like about working in the Wetlands?
Some of the things people mention are: you can get a good workout – who needs a gym?; you see and learn a lot about native animals, birds, plants and weeds; you meet the most unlikely like-minded people; you can have fun while acting locally; and sometimes you get to hang out with the rangers, see what they do, and learn what’s new.
There's always something happening
University and school students are doing studies, new plants are discovered, bird lovers flock to the place, it’s a focus for photographers, and rangers are working with scientists, students and the Friends to investigate, manage and build the amazing biodiversity of Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve. We recently manned a stall at the Kingston Foreshores music festival and gained numerous new Friends for our mailing list.
Walking the talk
If you’ve ever felt you “should do more”, come and join the Friends for an activity. You’ll find it gives much more to you than it takes: have fun and learn lots in good company with beautiful surroundings and wildlife.
Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands hold regular revegetation activities on the first Tuesday and third Saturday of every month, as well as other events.
Contact [email protected] to be added to our mailing list and learn about upcoming activities and events. These events and activities will also be listed under What’s Happening.