Bush Crew diaries August 2021

Published on 20 July 2021

Storms have filled Banyule Billabong.

During the storm in June 2021 that was so devastating to much of the south east of Victoria, the Banyule Billabong – located at Banyule Flats Reserve in Viewbank – filled naturally via the flooded Yarra River for the first time in over 15 years.

This was an exciting time for the Bush Crew as it had never seen the billabong so full. The watering projects conducted by Melbourne Water raised its level, but it did not get as high as this natural event. The ephemeral wetland in the middle of the Back Paddocks area also filled from the Yarra River flood.

Banyule Billabong remains quite full now into late July, which will hopefully drown some weed seed and germinate indigenous, semi-aquatic and aquatic vegetation seeds. The water level will be observed for fauna that will be attracted to it, such as frogs and birds of prey.

Access to some of our worksites by vehicle in the Back Paddocks has not been possible due to the track being inundated with water. A large fenced-in area in the Back Paddocks is being rehabilitated from a weedy grassland to an indigenous grassland with remnant eucalyptus trees and planted acacias. The Bush Crew is working in stages on this long-term project and is monitoring our wildlife using the area with cameras and nest box inspections.

Head down to Banyule Flats to have a look into the billabong, you never know what you might find!

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