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Montrose Brickworks Flora 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 30th 2019
The bricks have gone, but wildflowers have arrived
The best entry point is from Cambridge Road into the off-road car park of the Tappscott Milbourne Centre Hall.

Reserve entrance
The entrance from Montrose Road.

The Montrose Brickworks started operations in the 1920s and ceased in the 1950s. The dam and pits were filled in and the buildings demolished. It is now mainly reclaimed bushland, with very little evidence of its former use.

Bush pathway
One of the wider paths.


 wildflowers
Very colourful

It is quite large with a myriad of paths, both wide and very narrow, winding throughout, totally unsuitable for wheelchairs and the mobility challenged.

Narrow path
One of the narrow paths.

Near the centre of the reserve an open grassed area appears, surprising to see in the middle of bushland.

Bush pathway
The path leading to the open grassy area.

Many wildflowers were evident, giving splashes of colour throughout the bush. Most can be closely observed from the paths, without the need to enter the off-path areas, which is not recommended as often fragile small plants can be damaged.

Wild flower
Close up views are always interesting.


Wild flower
Another close up.

Only one example of the common white heath was seen, probably it is well after their flowering season which is May to August.

White heath
The solitary white heath.

There were many examples of the Blue Periwinkle throughout the reserve. It is considered a garden weed and spread by being dumped in reserves where it often smothers other plants with its vigorous growth. I have noticed them in many reserves where suburbia has encroached.

Blue Periwinkle
Close up of the periwinkle flower.

The most predominant species is what I think is the Mountain Clematis. It is a creeper and is usually attached to small shrubs and larger trees alike, sometimes almost smothering them.

Clematis
The climbing clematis.


Clematis
The clematis flower.

There are several patches of ferns throughout the bush and one area has several tall tree ferns.

Ferns
One of the patches of ferns.


Fern
Future fern

Wattle season is almost over, but a few late bloomers gave a splash of yellow amongst the bush.

wattle
A late blooming wattle.


wattle
A junior wattle.

There are a couple of low depressions containing water, but no water birds were seen. They were small and looked very discoloured.

Wildflowers in the bush
Two for the price of one.

Wandering along the many paths the almost constant chirping of birds was heard, but seldom seen. Almost resigned to not getting any bird photos on this walk, I sat upon a bench seat to ponder. Within a minute three rosellas landed in the tree above me. They were hard to photograph, being in the middle of shaded foliage.

rosella
one of the visiting rosellas.

A lone pigeon was noticed scavenging on one of the paths.

Pigeon
The pathway pigeon.

A magpie was seen in the grass area adjacent to the hall.

Magpie with worm.
The early bird.

There were two species of flowers which only a single specimen was seen.

grass tree
Top of a grass tree.


red flower
A touch of red brightens up the bush.

There are no facilities within the reserve with the exception of one park bench and several one plank seats.

A genuine bush walk with something to see at almost every turn of the many paths.
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Where: Montrose Brickworks Flora Reserve. Corner of Cambridge & Montrose Roads. Montrose. Melways map: 52. C. 5.
Cost: free
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The blue periwinkle is also prevalent in the reserves around Wonthaggi.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7763) 113 days ago
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