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Revegetating Devilbend’s Natural Feature Reserve
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Revegetating Devilbend’s Natural Feature Reserve

Located just one hour south east of Melbourne, in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, the Devilbend Natural Features Reserve covers an area of 1,005 hectares. Formerly one of the reservoirs supplying Melbourne with water, Devilbend includes the largest inland water body on the Mornington Peninsula providing valuable habitat for waterbirds and shorebirds as well as opportunities for recreation. The native bushland provides excellent opportunities for trail walks.

Between 2008 and 2010, Greenfleet and Parks Victoria joined forces to revegetate 78ha of cleared and grazed land surrounding the reservoir, with over 76,000 native seedlings. 

What a transformation! The Greenfleet forest at Devilbend is now contributing to the environmental values of the area and absorbing tonnes of CO2-e. The reserve is of considerable aesthetic, historical, scientific and social value. Not only is the forest providing habitat for native species, the local community is greatly benefitting from this patch of restored native bushland.

If you take a wander through the forest, you will likely spot insects far and wide. You’ll see spittlebugs, butterflies, dragonflies and Plague Soldier Beetles buzzing around. Birds including the Golden Whistlers, Noisy Miners and Crimson Rosellas will be nesting amongst the branches and Kangaroo mobs will be seen sheltering under the trees.

This site is just one of many that Greenfleet has revegetated in partnership with Parks Victoria. The ongoing relationship between the two organisations has seen more than 800 hectares reforested across Victoria.

It’s thanks to thousands of individuals and organisations taking practical climate action, that the land at Devilbend has been restored. Join the community making a real difference to our environment - www.greenfleet.org.au/offset

 

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