Mordialloc Creek Reserve, Mordialloc
The Mordialloc Creek Reserve is approximately 4ha in total area. Despite major environmental changes since European settlement indigenous vegetation still occurs along Mordialloc Creek. The creek supports five ecological vegetation classes (EVC’s).
The five EVC’s present are Estuarine Reedbed (use EVC 821 Tall Marsh) dominated by common reed (Phragmites australis), Estuarine scrub (EVC 953) and Swamp scrub (EVC 53) dominated by Swamp paperbark (Melaleuca ericifolia), Brackish Wetland (EVC 656) dominated by saltclub-sedge(bolboschenus calswellii),and Tall marsh (EVC 821) dominated by common reed(Phragmites australis).
The Mordialloc Creek Reserve contains the best remaining examples of these ecological vegetation classes managed by the City of Kingston.
The creek is home to many species of water birds, while terrestrial birds and mammals utilise the vegetation along the banks. A walk along the shared track between Boundary Road and Main St is likely to result in the sighting of numerous bird species including the Buff-banded rail (Gallirallus phillippensis) Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyria) Great Egret (Ardea alba) White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) and if you’re lucky with a keen eye, the Nankeen Night-heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) can be spotted roosting along the banks. Parts of the northern bank of the creek contains thick vegetation in which it is not uncommon to see Spotted Pardalotes (Pardaotus punctatus) flitting from tree to tree, or see the flash of brilliant colour of the Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) and Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) as they feed on the seeds and fruit of the gum trees. Common Brush Tail (Trichosurus vulpecular) and Ringtail Possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) nest along the creek and appear at dusk, while in the warmer months the Lowlands Copper Head snake (Austrelaps superbus) may be seen basking in the sun or feeding on frogs, skinks and small mammals.
Council Rangers and volunteers from the Friends of the Mordialloc Catchment care for and maintain the vegetation along the creek while the nearby Mordialloc College and Yarrabah schools undertake revegetation and litter removal works in conjunction with the council on a regular basis.