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Wirreader Native 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 October 29th 2019
You could miss it, but try not to
This small triangular reserve is at first deceiving, but on entering, splashes of colour were revealed as wildflowers.

A splash of yellow easily seen.

It could easily be missed as the sign proclaiming it is Wirreader Native Reserve is partly hidden by overhanging branches.

Reserve sign
The almost hidden sign.

There is one main path which is fairly open and the main flora along it are domestic type flowers, which look nice but not as interesting as genuine wildflowers.

weed flowers
Domestic weeds and flowers have encroached.

Not native, but look nice.

There is also an almost indistinct narrow path which is more interesting. A large gum tree has nesting box upon it giving protection to any nesting birds.

bush path
The narrow path.

nesting box
A safe haven.

Deeper into the non-path area is where the most colourful wildflowers were found.

Only white but attractive.

By treading carefully, you can closely appreciate these flowers without damaging any smaller plants.

new growth
New growth always nice to see.


Not many birds were observed. A couple of wattlebirds stayed long enough for a photo, as did one magpie silhouetted on the end of a dead branch.

Wattle bird
Wattle bird.

Out on a limb.

This little reserve would be worth a visit if you are passing during the wildflower season as in a small space, you can view many species.

A bush full.

small plant
A growing plant.

Down a little further in Forest Road is the Koolunga Native Reserve which is well worth a dedicated visit. Why not visit them both? Two for the price of one, so to speak, although they are both free.
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Where: Forest Road, Boronia. Melways map: 65. D.9.
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