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Dorset Road Wetlands, Croydon

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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 November 10th 2022
It's a man-made wetland
Dorset Road wetlands is a constructed wetland on part of the former Croydon Golf Club. It is to control urban stormwater runoff with a series of ponds constructed to remove pollutants from the runoff.

Wetland sign
Read all about it - it is most interesting.

There is a level constructed path around the perimeter of the wetlands. On my three visits to the area, the path was popular with local residents walking their dogs.

Walkers with dog.
The level paths are popular with locals.

The wetlands are off Dorset Road and are best accessed from The Range where there are several parking bays and a seated viewing area across the ponds, although foliage growth is starting to restrict the views.

Wetlands viewing.
Car parking, viewing area and wetlands view.

Viewing area
Seat in the viewing area.

Wetlands view.

Among the now becoming dense foliage surrounding the ponds are many flowers. Forrest nightshade, wattle trees, paperbark trees, dianella and daisies were some.

Forest nightshade.
Forest nightshade.

Wattle blossoms.
Wattle tree.

Paperbark tree.
Paperbark tree.



The eastern path passes close to private houses and their gardens supplied more flowers. A purple cistus was one.

Purple cistus.
Purple cistus.

Complementing the foliage are the planting of many native grass. Clumps of tussock sedge was one. Bright orange fungi stood out attached to a length of wood.

Native grass.
Native grass.

Tussock sedge.
Tussock sedge.

Very colourful.

The area attracts many birds. Two sulphur crested cockatoos were perched in a tree. A spotted dove was spotted almost hidden in grass until it revealed itself on the pathway.

Sulphur crested cockatoos.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.

spotted dove
In and out of hiding.

A dusky moorhen and a swamphen were noticed near the water's edge.

Dusky moorhen & swamphen.
Dusky moorhen & swamphen.

Many ducks were seen both in the water and on the levees separating the ponds.

Ducks on levee.
Ducks on levee.

Duck doing neck exercises.

Standing duck
Standing duck.

Rocks have been placed around the wetland edges to provide perches and basking areas for native wildlife.

The rocks around the wetlands.

It is said that the presence of frogs in wetlands is an indicator of the wetlands health, so it was pleasing that as soon as I entered the area several frogs croaking were heard.

Heard, but not seen.

Dragonflies and damselflies' natural habitat is near fresh water, so it was no surprise to sight a blue tail damselfly. It was constantly on the move and I had to follow it for several metres before it landed long enough for a photo.

Bluetail damselfly.
Bluetail damselfly.

The wetlands circuit is not long, would be suitable for wheelchairs and offers a variety of flora and fauna.
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Why? A lot to see on an easy walk.
When: anytime
Where: Dorset Road, Croydon. Melway map: 37. C.10.
Cost: Free
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A lovely bit of natural environment in suburbia.
by annie (score: 1|70) 16 days ago
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