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Birts Hill 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 23rd 2019
Steep, but worth the climb
Birts Hill Reserve is not large, but it is steep, definitely a hill. There are basically two paths, one up and one down.

Reserve sign
We are here. Note bank in foreground.

There is only one way to access Birts Hill and that is along the left side of the reserve, otherwise, you would have to scramble up a two-metre bank.

The main path is well defined and follows the residential fence next to the reserve.

The start of the uphill path.

Many wild flowers are noticed on this steep walk, so frequent stops to admire them is a blessing.


More wildflowers

Like most suburban reserves that are bordered by residential properties, many domestic flowers and weeds tend to transport themselves into the area.

Not native, but colourful.

Genuine wildflowers.

At the top of the reserve is a park bench, the only facility in the reserve. It allows views through the trees to the distant landscape.
The view from the top.

More wildflowers.

The 'down' path is through the middle of the bush where more wildflowers show themselves.

Bush pathway
Part of the central path.

White heath.

More birds were heard than seen. Many currawongs were heard in the distance and seldom landed in any of the tall trees that are throughout the reserve. The same can be said of the only other species evident, the definitely noisy miner.

A camera shy currawong.

An occasional small groups of fungi were easily seen due to their colourful appearance.

Very colourful.

Prolific display.

Many wattle trees and bushes were evident, adding a splash of yellow in the landscape. The many varieties seem to take it turns to bloom so that there is always a splash of vibrant yellow throughout the reserve.

Always colourful.

Close up is better.

Wildflowers in the bush
Wildflowers in the foreground.

Birts Hill is not a specific go-to reserve to observe wildflowers, but if you live in the area or are passing near-by in spring it can be rewarding.

Another part of the central path.

Even more wildflowers.

Definitely not suitable for wheelchairs, mobility challenged or the totally unfit, Weekend Notes writers excepted.

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Where: Birts Hill Reserve, Alice Street, Croydon North. Melway map: 36. J. 11.
Cost: Free
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Where can two vehicles park?
Both within current 5Km distance.
by David (score: 1|40) 266 days ago
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