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Published November 13th 2020
Wasteland to rich bush habitat
Moorhen Flats is a hidden 4-hectare native species haven in Coorparoo, only minutes from the centre of Brisbane.
The recreational area has been planted out with hundreds of new native trees, shrubs and grasses. The circular paths make a pleasant route through the vegetation and can be enjoyed by families, birdwatchers and anyone who loves nature.
The plants you may find at the recreation park include wattles, ash, sedges, ferns, gum trees, figs, pine, silky oak, umbrella cheese tree, swamp box, water chestnut, lilies, and kurrajong. The site has become a magnet for birdlife and there have been 112 species observed. These include fairy wren, kingfisher, lorikeets, honeyeaters, fig bird, tawny frogmouth, spangled drongo and the more common brush turkey, doves and pigeons. For a current list of bird species in Moorhen Flats, refer to www.bird.org/australia/hotspot/L2560514.
Back in 2014, Greening Australia and the Brisbane City Council, with the help of volunteers, regenerated the overgrown plot of land that lay between the arms of Norman and Kingfisher Creeks. At the time, the area was infested with exotic weed species and littered with rubbish. An army of volunteers helped to clean it up and a Brisbane City Council grant paid for professional services to get rid noxious species.