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Tindals Wildflower 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 November 18th 2019
Don't try running through this reserve
Tindals Wildflower Reserve. The entrance is from Melbourne Hill Road, just off Tindals Road.

Reserve sign
A very old sign.

The reserve is 100% bush, with a narrow rough path travelling in a circuit around the reserve.

reserve path
One of the better sections of the path.


sign
Reserve rules.

It is definitely not wheelchair accessible, even the moderately mobility challenged would find the paths challenging.

Pathway
The paths are mostly straight and narrow.

In many places overhanging and fallen branches across the path impede progress. One's limbo skills would be handy here. In one location a long dead log over the path is still in place.

log over path.
The log barrier.

Flower wise, there were only two dominant species observed. What I identified as a member of the Cassinia family was the most profuse.

Cassinia bush
The dominant Cassinia bush.


Cassinia bush
The shiny leaf Cassinia.

Yellow button type flowers were very evident, usually growing in small clumps. Their yellow colour giving a nice frequent splash of colour.

Paper daisy
Many clumps of these observed.


Paper daisy
A close look at a paper daisy.

Five very small species of wildflowers were observed, most being just one small bloom on a single stalk.

Grevillia
One of the grevillea family.


Australian Pincushion
Australian pincushion or Brunonia Australis.

With the lack of numerous wildflowers, the native grasses were noticed, which are an important part of our flora.

native grass
A species of native grass.

An interesting species of flora was a moss or lichen type plant growing in patches at ground level or in one example on a tree stump.

lichen
Possibly a type of lichen.

Lots of fallen branches, trees and deadwood were on the ground which would be homes to small fauna.

Bush pathway
Very narrow paths.

This reserve does not appear to have any "friends of" as witnessed by the overhanging and fallen branches over the circular path around the reserve, and the general unloved look.

wild flower bush
A rare splash of red.

It is a very quiet walk, although the traffic noise from Tindals Road is constantly in the background. The designated reserve is completely fenced, which would hopefully keep out domestic predators.

wahlen lily
Wahlen Lily.

The only birds observed were a couple of small finch type ones flittering among some bushes. Much too quick for my camera. The lack of birds could be that the reserve is almost surrounded by other bushland, which would give the birds plenty of other territory to roam in.

Thanks to the staff at the Kuranga for identifying some of the wildflowers depicted.

If you are passing in springtime, it is worth a peruse.


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Why? Good for a short bush walk in springtime.
Where: Tindals Wildflower Reserve. Tindals Road Warrandyte.Melways map 35. A.3.
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