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.
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.
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.
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.