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Arthur John Upton Reserve

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published August 14th 2019
A short but interesting walk
Reserve entrance
The Iverbervie Court entrance.

This 2.2 ha. reserve is only about 500 metres in length, but passes three large ponds at the Hartley Road end, which were former farm dams.

The largest pond.

These ponds are now surrounded by reeds, which are home to many ducks and swamphens. They are at the lowest part of the reserve.

Swamp hen
A swamp hen near home.

The gravel and partly sealed narrow path is steep in parts and would not suitable for the mobility impaired and wheelchairs. Children would love seeing the waterbirds on the ponds.

A stand of tall, old pine trees is a remnant of a former pine plantation.

Pine trees
Part of the pine plantation with moss covered seat.

There are several open grassy areas and a number of park benches along the way. The moss-covered benches indicate that this reserve is not well patronised, as only the locals would know about it.

Grass space
One of the grassy areas.

It is worth a visit if you are in the area, but you will need your Melways to find it. I suggest you enter from the Iverberive Court entrance, as Hartley Road is a narrow unmade road with no close-by parking.

Swamp hens housing estate.

Apart from the ducks and swamphens, a dusky moorhen and one lone noisy miner was seen feeding in a grassy area. Other birds were heard but not seen.

Dusky moor hen
Dusky moor hen.

Swamp hen
Swamp hen.

A fleeting glimpse of the rear end of three rabbits were seen as they headed for the thick undergrowth on my approach. Before being sighted, there was ample evidence of rabbit occupation of the area.

Pair of ducks
Ducks in motion.

There are houses backing onto both sides of this narrow reserve, but on my weekday walk, not a sound could be heard from them. No humans were encountered on my travels along this interesting reserve. It is designated an off-leash area for dogs.

The only splash of colour seen was a wattle in bloom and a lone bush of what appeared to be of the grevillea family.

Wattle in bloom.

A splash of red.

There is a lot to seen in this short walk, ponds, water birds, small pine plantation, open grassy areas and some dense undergrowth.
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Where: Arthur John Upton Reserve. Between Hartley Road and Inverbervie Court. Wonga Park. Melways map: 24. F.11.
Cost: free
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