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Kingston Heath Reserve

Located off Centre Dandenong Rd in Heatherton, Kingston Heath Reserve contains a priceless remnant Swamp Scrub that was one part of the extensive Cheltenham and Heatherton swamps. 

At the edge of the Swamp Scrub there is a manmade pond with a viewing platform.  It has been re-vegetated with indigenous flora and attracts various water bird species. If you visit the pond during late summer/autumn, you will notice the pond drying out; this is a natural process and needs to happen for the pond to be healthy and efficient. If the pond is full all the time, large number of water birds will gather during the summer period and add to much nutrients to the water causing algae outbreaks.

Flora

One of the most dominating feature of Ecological Vegetation Class - Swamp Scrub (EVC 53) is the dense cover of Swamp Paperbarks (Melaleuca ericifolia), these striking trees display sweet smelling yellow ball shaped flowers from August till October.  

Throughout the tree and shrub layers, you can also find randomly scattered Wattles like Blackwoods (Acacia melanoxylon), Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii) and Hedge Wattle (Acacia pardoxa).  

Small leafed Clematis (Clematis microphylla) can be seen through the reserve climbing up foliage and the under story is dominated by grasses and Rushes like Weeping Grass (Microleana stipoides), Pale Rush (Juncus pallidus) and Spiny Headed Mat Rush (Lomandra longifolia).

The vegetation around the pond is a mixture of Club rush (Bolboschoenus caldwellii), Pale Rush (Juncus pallidus), Water-ribbon (Triglochin procera) and common reed (Phragmites australis). Due to the site being manmade and revegetated no EVC has been determined for this part of the reserve.

Fauna

The thick swamp scrub is a perfect refuge for small birds like the Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus) with its striking black and blue feathers it can be seen during the day hopping from branch to branch around lower foliage, searching for insect’s berries and seeds.

Another bird that can sometimes be spotted is the Tawny Frog mouth (Podargus strigoides)
This strange looking owl like bird is known for its large frog like beak and bark colored camouflage.  It will rest in the upper story during the day and then hunts small animals at night.

Ringtail possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) also call this park home along with a variety of Skinks, like the Common Garden Skink (Lampropholis guichenoti) and variety of frogs and insects.  

Council officers work with the Friends of Kingston Heath (bi-monthly working bees) to undertake pest plant removal and revegetation works throughout the whole reserve.