Pecks Dam Reserve

Pecks Dam Reserve landscape

This 1.04 hectare reserve is part of a series of smaller reserves throughout Montmorency that form a habitat corridor link. Its main attraction is the dam. It is a mix of conservation and recreation areas, and is managed by Banyule's Bushland Management Unit with assistance from local volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, join the Friends of Montmorency.

Water system

The dam is 664m2 and approximately 8 m deep when full. Over the years it has been used for swimming, fishing, yabbying and boating.

In 2015, Banyule City Council and Melbourne Water completed a project that uses storm water as a rain garden. Rainwater is collected from the streets above the dam and is filtered through the garden. The goal is to replenish water to the dam, which has suffered from drought and water diversion in the past.


During the 1890s, the area was a favourite painting place for Heidelberg School artist Walter Withers.

The dam was dug out in the early 1900s to service the surrounding farmland. It is named after the Peck family who lived in a mud brick house next to the dam from the 1950s to the 1970s.


Flora and fauna

The vegetation community here is grassy dry forest/box-stringybark woodland. The remnant vegetation is home to small mammals and birds that shelter and gather food.

Many water birds use the reserve because of the dam. Many frog species have been heard calling from around the dam.


Common name Scientific name

Australian magpie

Cracticus tibicen

Australian wood duck

Chenonetta jubata

Brushtail possum

Trichosurus vulpecula

Chestnut teal

Anas castanea

Common ringtail possum

Pseudocheirus peregrinus

Eastern blue tongue lizard

Tiliqua scincoides

Little pied cormorant

Microcarbo melanoleucos

Musk lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

Pacific black duck

Anas superciliosa

Rainbow lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Sugar glider

Petaurus breviceps

Tawny frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


Scientific name Common name

Acacia acinacea

Gold dust wattle

Acacia genistifolia

Spreading wattle

Arthropodium strictum

Chocolate lily

Dichondra repens

Kidney weed

Einadia nutans

Nodding saltbush

Eucalyptus melliodora

Yellow box

Goodenia ovata

Hop goodenia

Kennedia prostrata

Running postman

Kunzea leptospermoides

Yarra burgan

Lomandra longifolia

Spiny-headed mat rush

Pultenea pedunculata

Matted bush pea

Rytidosperma sp.

Wallaby grass

Themeda triandra

Kangaroo grass

Tricoryne elatior

Yellow Rush lily



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