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Flamingo 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 June 28th 2020
Fly into Flamingo Reserve
This reserve is new growth bushland. Easiest access is through the car park of the Flamingo Children & Family Centre in Merryn Grove. There are also two narrow entrances from Flamingo Drive.

reserve entrance
The main entrance.

Wide mown grass areas are on three sides of the reserve, which can become quite damp underfoot after rain. Totally unsuitable for wheelchairs.

The wide mown perimeter area.

The bush area.

Some of the area is fenced, designated as regeneration areas and they look much regenerated. It appears to have been fenced for some time which indicates that the fencing has worked.

regeneration area.
Part of the regenerated area looking very verdant.

There are a number of very narrow paths through area allowing penetration into the interior of the bush. Some of these minor paths lead to a dead end, but it is not far to retrace your steps. You won't get lost.

looking up
Looking up.

rainbow lorikeet
Looking up has its rewards, a Rainbow Lorikeet.

It was in these areas that many birds were seen and heard. The noisiest ones were several Wattlebirds. On a good day, they are almost as noisy as Noisy Miners. They were accompanied by several of these Miners and a sole Rainbow Lorikeet.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy Miner clinging to tree trunk.

"Go away."

wattle bird
Wattle Bird feeding.

My winter walk revealed no flowering flora, but springtime may produce many. Apart from gum trees, many native grasses and shrubs add to the flora.

Some of the native shrubs are photogenic.

It has been reported that 108 indigenous plant species have been recorded in the reserve, a high number for the 1.87-hectare area.

A diversity of flora.

A Knox Council survey found that no significant fauna species were found, but some lizards, numerous skippers and a good diversity of native ants was noticed incidentally. (Skippers are insects intermediate between butterflies and moths).
narrow bush path
One of the narrow paths and fenced area.

A substantial number of logs and branches on the ground which, combined with dense ground flora, provides good habitat for reptiles. The high density and diversity of shrubs significantly improve the habitat for native insects and birds. The prickliness of many of the shrubs helps protect birds from cats.

New growth.

The trees are quite young and provide few hollows usable for nests or roosting. The abundant saw-sedge and native grasses are supporting abundant skippers and probably butterflies.

One of many saw-edge native grasses.

The area is on a gentle slope and at the lower end, quite a large area is covered with moss-like flora.

A carpet of moss.

On the eastern side of the reserve is a large open area with a small playground and a basketball hoop.

While not particularly suitable for those with exercise on their mind, those who wish for a botanical experience, the Flamingo Reserve would be rewarding. It would also be an educational experience for children to be introduced to the beauty of bushland.

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Why? It's a botanical experience.
When: anytime
Where: Merryn Drive, Wantirna South. Melways map: 63. F.11.
Cost: Free
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