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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.
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.
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.
Australian wood duck
Common ringtail possum
Eastern blue tongue lizard
Little pied cormorant
Pacific black duck
Gold dust wattle
Spiny-headed mat rush
Matted bush pea
Yellow Rush lily
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What we are doing to protect the bushland habitats that provide refuge for our indigenous biodiversity.