Wilson Reserve, Ivanhoe

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[top]Description

Wilson Reserve is a 40 hectare bushland reserve situated along the Yarra River in Melbourne's Eastern suburbs. It contains two main horseshoe billabongs and native bushland in relatively good condition which attracts a good variety of birds. It has a main gravel walking track around the edge of the park which traverses along the river and billabongs and offers good birding.
At least 60 bird species have been recorded here.

[top]Getting there

Access is from Lower Heidleberg Road. Turn off into Wilfried Road in Ivanhoe East and follow it down to where it meets The Boulevard. Go straight ahead into Irvine Road adjacent to Wilfried Road and continue to the main carpark next to the cricket ovals at the end.

[top]When to go

Spring is the best time as the birds are most active then, but any time of year can be good here.

[top]Amenities

  • Tables and Chairs
  • Drinking Taps
  • Kids Playground


[top]Key species

This is one of the best sites in Melbourne to find the Eastern Yellow Robin. Bell Miner, Red-rumped Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Musk Lorikeet and Willie Wagtail are all easily seen. Waterbirds such as Grey and Chestnut Teal, Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck and Dusky Moorhen are all common. Sacred Kingfishers can be found only in summer and Azure Kingfishers can be found along the banks of the river all year round, although require more searching. It is also a very good site for Nankeen Night Heron.
Red-whiskered Bulbul has been recorded here in the past but are now most likely extinct in the area. The reserve has been known to also host a family of Powerful Owls and on occasions this species will be easily seen.

[top]Notes



[top]Maps & GPS



[top]Images

Bell miners are often found by their loud callsBell miners are often found by their loud calls
Red-rumped Parrots are frequently seen feeding on the cricket ovalsRed-rumped Parrots are frequently seen feeding on the cricket ovals
Musk Lorikeets feed in groups on eucalypt blossoms and can often be seen hanging from branchesMusk Lorikeets feed in groups on eucalypt blossoms and can often be seen hanging from branches
Powerful Owl at Wilsons Reserve clutching a CurrawongPowerful Owl at Wilsons Reserve clutching a Currawong
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