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B.J. Hubbard 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 16th 2019
It's too large to be hidden, but it is
This 7.2 ha. reserve is mostly natural bushland and is home to 160 indigenous species of flora.

Reserve entrance
The entrance off Evelyn Road.

There is a small car park off Evelyn Road. Many walking tracks are throughout the reserve, with the main path almost circumnavigating the perimeter. It is wide, consisting of compacted gravel, but a little steep in places. Many sections would be wheelchair navigable.

Bush seat
One of the seats along the paths giving a rest and a view.

Just inside the main entry in Evelyn Road, is a notice board attached to two carved poles featuring native fauna.

Totem poles
The two carved totem poles.

Bird carving.
One of the fauna carvings.

The bush area is transversed by many narrow tracks winding through the bush giving a quiet environment to enjoy a bush walk in solitude.

Bush pathway
Just the place for a quiet walk.

It is a dog on-leash area, except for a large open space which is an off-leash area.

Girl and dog.
A quiet stroll with woman's best friend.

This area has a picnic shelter and several seats. Other seats are scattered around the main walking track, placed where a rest offers a nice outlook. These are the only facilities found in the reserve.

Grassy field
The off-leash area and picnic shelter.

Many birds were seen and heard, some kind enough to perch in nearby trees long enough for my camera to catch them. In almost every suburban reserve the noisy miner is very evident. They are said to be bold and noisy, and usually are.

Noisy miner
A silent noisy miner.

The pied currawong, distinguished by its white tail feathers, is another species very commonly found in most reserves. They can be very noisy, particularly when in groups.

Resting currawong.

Many very colourful species were seen flying through the upper branches of trees, but seldom perching close by. One did, but my bird identifying skills didn't allow me to identify it.

I think it's a parrot.

Pigeons are often seen on the ground rather than in trees, making them easier to photograph, often ignoring approaching humans.

A pigeon in the grass.

Not seen very often, but nice to see, is nesting boxes fixed onto trees, offering birds a safe haven in which to hatch their eggs.

Nesting box
A nesting box high above the reach of predators.

Springtime is an opportune time to walk through parks and reserves that have natural bushland in them as the annual show of native wildflowers begin to emerge.

One of the first sightings.

You won't find carpets of wildflowers, but just isolated specimens of bright colours scattered throughout the bush, contrasting nicely with the green and brown backdrop.

Isolated, but colourful.

No park is complete without a display of Australia's native floral emblem, the wattle. They certainly brighten up the landscape, even on a dull day.

Always colourful.

Like most suburban parks and reserves entry is usually available from many streets that abut the reserve. The B.J. Hubbard Reserve has four entry points which would make it popular with locals.

Bush pathway
One of the paths with wildflowers in foreground.

A close look is a colourful reward.

It is an out of the way reserve, with no main roads passing which could make it an almost private spot for the local population.

Another colourful species.

Even though houses surround the reserve, it is large enough for them to be hardly seen.

Another part of the path.

This is a reserve that would be worthwhile seeking out for a bushwalking experience. Children will love spotting the wildflowers. I know I did when I was one of them, but that was a few decades ago before, iPads, X-Boxes, mobile phones etc.
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Where: B.J. Hubbard Reserve. Ringwood North. Melways map 49. G.4.
Cost: free
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