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Bellbird Dell 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 September 20th 2019
You won't be Bored on this Boardwalk
This 17.5 ha, 1.4 km. linear reserve can be accessed from six points, but George Street is the recommended entry point as there is ample roadside parking.

Reserve entrance
The entrance from George Street.

There is a small playground at both ends of the reserve and many seats along the paths to just sit and enjoy the ambience. There are also several picnic tables and a small covered area.

Bush pathway
The wide path is very evident.

It mainly consists of remnant bush which have a myriad of walking trails throughout, many named.

Bush pathway
One of the many signposts.

There are several small areas of wetland with ornamental ponds, some occupied by frogs letting everyone within earshot know that they were home. Ducks were noticed loitering on those ponds.

Pond
One of the ponds with playground in background.

Most of the paths are well-formed. There is a perimeter track around much of the area and this can be a little steep in parts as are some of the narrower paths.

Steps
One of the few steep paths.

The reserve appears to be in a gully and the main feature is a long wide meandering boardwalk down the centre of the gully. This boardwalk would be eminently suitable for wheelchairs, as it is level.

Boardwalk
The long and winding boardwalk.

I would recommend this reserve for anyone wheelchair-bound to have a real bush experience. Together with the boardwalk and wide compacted gravel paths almost the whole length of the reserve can easily be navigated.

Boardwalk
A walker on the boardwalk.

It is along this main corridor that most birds were seen and heard. The most common was the proverbial noisy miner. A couple of wattlebirds were also seen.

Wattle bird
One of the wattle birds.

Many magpies could be heard chortling away, but only one was seen.

Magpie
Magpie in tree.

To add colour to a dull day several rainbow lorikeets presented themselves, albeit, high in the trees.

Rainbow lorikeet
A colourful rainbow lorikeet on a dull day.

Although the reserve is named after the distinctive sound of bell birds, none were heard. No substitute, but several pigeons were spotted in trees.

Pigeon
A pigeon in silhouette.

A nesting box, high in a tree was encouraging to see, as these are appearing in many suburban parks and reserves.

Nesting box
Nesting box, high in the tree.

Further colour was added by the many wildflowers throughout the reserve. Another reason for seeking out this walk, particularly in springtime.

Wild flower
One of the wildflowers.


Wildflower
A splash of colour is eye-catching.


Wild flower
More wildflowers.


Wildflowers
Spectacular up close.

Many wattles were now fading, having done their job of heralding the approach of spring, although a few late bloomers were still very colourful.

Wattle
Many wattles were still blooming.

About ten different wildflowers were counted although I suspect a couple of those were escaped domestic specimens. Such is my wildflower identification skills.

Wildflowers
A splash of red.


Blue wildflowers
Blue wild flowers.


Wildflowers
Almost looks like an English cottage garden.

My walk was on a bleak Saturday morning but twelve others were met getting their daily exercise.

Walkers
Two walkers enjoying the wide paths.

The former proposed, but now abandoned, Healesville freeway would have dissected this magnificent bushland taking away its enjoyment for not only local residents, but those eager to enjoy the bush without going bush.

I would describe this reserve as a real gem as it presents a very easy walk mostly through genuine bush, with birds and wildflowers abundant.

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Where: Bellbird Dell Reserve, Vermont South,Melways map: 62 J.6.
Cost: free
Your Comment
There are certainly plenty of flowers to see there. It's time I did a springtime revisit to all of my lical reserves
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 26 days ago
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