Bayside Council will be starting community consultation regarding the future of the Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve. Have your say...
Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve
The Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve is a 13-hectare area of Crown land, that has been set aside to provide habitat for wildlife as well as passive open space for the local community. Formally a golf-course, it is currently open, parkland
This site is unique for a number of reasons:
Elster creek runs through the reserve. This is the only remaining waterway between the Yarra and Mordiallic creek. The presence of fresh water provides vital habitat for wildlife. It also causes challenges for local residents when it floods.
It has a variety of habitats:
it has a shallow lake and wetlands that provide vital habitat for water birds.
It has mature, hollow bearing gum trees, providing nesting sites for native birds.
It has grassy woodlands with areas of seed bearing grass, that provide habitat for ground feeding parrots.
It is relatively free from night light pollution. This is important for insect populations as well as nocturnal wildlife.
It has been relatively free from disturbance. Over the last decade, the golf course was failing, so numbers of golfers were low. Also, members of the public were not allowed on the site. This allowed the area to be a relatively quiet refuge for wildlife.
The site was neglected by the previous golf course operator. This allowed areas of seed bearing grass to go unmown and branches and leaves were left on the ground and hollow bearing trees were left untouched. This provided excellent habitat for native species.
All of these factors contributed to the site being a unique wildlife habitat. Bayside Council has recognised the uniqueness of this site in its decision to declare it a nature reserve (see link to history).
Elsternwick Park Association AGM is on May 5th at the EcoCentre