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Bushland Reserves in Knox

The City of Knox has over 70 bushland reserves that enhance the landscape character of the municipality. These reserves also contribute to our local biodiversity.

We all have a responsibility to care for our local bushland reserves in order to support habitat for local wildlife and conserve local biodiversity.

The Knox Council Biodiversity team manages and monitors many of the bushland reserves using contemporary bushland management practices to control environmental weeds and support regeneration of the vegetation in order for the community to enjoy.

Local Friends Groups also provide considerable time and effort in supporting management of these reserves and educating the community on the value of these sites.

Connecting to nature provides positive health and wellbeing outcomes and as such, the conservation of these reserves is valuable for the community and for future generations.

Local residents can contribute to our bushland reserves by joining the free Gardens for Wildlife Program

City Nature Challenge 2021

Working Together - City Nature Challenge

Knox joined forces with seven other Councils in Eastern Melbourne - Boroondara, Whitehorse, Maroondah, Monash, Manningham, Stonnington and Greater Dandenong, and together competed as Melbourne against cities from around the world in the annual City Nature Challenge.

During the four-day observation period from 30 April to 3 May, 2021, Knox residents were invited to find, photograph and document the native flora and fauna that lives and grows in our neighbourhoods.

Working together to find and document nature in our area helps scientists and land managers study and protect these species. By joining the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make Knox a better place โ€“ for you and other species!

The results from Knox were amazing!
A total of 944 observations within Knox and 369 species observed.
This puts Knox 3rd in the leaderboard across the 8 councils (Melbourne eastern metropolitan area โ€“ 7322 observations and 1,132 species observed).

Globally there have been almost 1.1 million observations, 40,000 species observed, and 50,000+ participants
As a city we are 35th out of over 300 cities.

You can still get involved:

Get involved

1. Download the free iNaturalist app from Apple store or Google Play.
2. Look out for wild plants and animals to photograph during the observation period.
3. Upload your photographs to the app.

You can do this on your own or you can join us at one of our free events that will be led by local champions and passionate experts โ€“ check back here for details soon.

Start with one of the free online webinar sessions on how to download and use the iNaturalist app.


Listen to our Nature in Knox podcast

Join the conversation with Bushland & Biodiversity Officers; Adam, Chris and Zoe sharing their knowledge and local insights about what's going on in Knox.
Episode 1 features a discussion about native orchids, snakes and our Tree trail campaign.
Episode 2 discusses the importance of tree hollows for our native animals with Andrew McKernan from Victorian Tree Organisation.

Knox Nature Discovery Virtual Gallery

Take a peek at the amazing images of our bushland reserves; the native bush, wildflowers, creeks, lakes and wildlife captured by the Knox Photographic Society.

Nature Discovery Virtual Gallery

Knox Nature Discovery Tours

We are very excited to bring you virtual tours of some of our favourite bushland reserves around Knox.

Gilmour Reserve Tour

Yarrabing Reserve Tour

Wicks Reserve Tour

Wicks East Reserve Tour

Marie Wallace Reserve/Bayswater Park Tour

Lakewood Reserve Tour

Old Joe's Creek Tour

Ramon Cowling Reserve Tour

Where are these Bushland Reserves located?

The location and a brief description of the major Bushland Reserves in Knox are listed in the 'Bushland Reserves in Knox' brochure which can be downloaded below.

Bushland Reserves in Knox

Do you live near a bushland reserve?

Indigenous vegetation is extremely fragmented in urban areas. Some municipalities have very little remnant vegetation and most sites are also isolated from one another by residential, industrial and former agricultural uses.

Once a part of a vast natural landscape that stretched right across the continent, many of our bushland reserves are now islands in a sea of houses.

'Bush Neighbours' is a guide to understanding, enjoying and protecting our wonderful natural bushland areas. As a bush neighbour, you are in a special position to know and enjoy our wonderful natural areas and to help them through the changes they face as part of an urban landscape. It also means you hold the key to their protection.

Download the Bush Neighbours brochure for information on how to support our bushland reserves.

The Melbourne Water Frog Census app can be downloaded for the following devices:

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