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Bendigo - Kennington Reservoir - Grassy Flat Bushland Reserve

 26 June 2018










 Kennington Reservoir | Grassy Flat Reservoir Bushland Reserve, Bendigo, VIC. Image: Nadiah Roslan


Our natural environment needs your eyes and ears!

Few studies tell us how Australia’s plants and animals are responding to climate change in our local parks. As part of a unique citizen science initiative, Earthwatch Australia and Parks Victoria have worked together to create this ClimateWatch trail, connecting the Bendigo community to a nation-wide scientific study that will take teaching outdoors and collect data that will build our understanding of climate change impacts.

Located south east of Bendigo's city centre is a wonderful park situated around Kennington Reservoir, called Grassy Flat Reservoir Bushland Reserve. Known as the “city in the forest”, Bendigo is set amongst Central Victoria’s unique Box-Ironbark forests and the walking track that criss-crosses around Kennington Reservoir and Grassy Flat Rserve allows people of all abilities and ages to sample the flora and fauna found in the area.

Start your walk from the carpark near the Public Toilets. Alternatively, begin at the Northern end on Cousins street, where Grassy Flat Bushland borders Strathdale Park. The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you.

To view some plant locations via Googe Maps, visit here, but remember that multiple individuals of the same species can be monitored! Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.

Contact if you have a group visiting the trail and would like to seek support from a local ranger.

School groups: As part of the Department of Education and Training's School Policy for Excursions and Activities, schools must notify the park prior to any visit. For information on how to plan for a field trip and notify the park, please visit the Parks Victoria Teacher Portal here


Why get involved?

Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.

Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity of Bendigo.

Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheets for the Reedy Swamp Track to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.

Make a real difference in your local community.


How to get involved?

Download the Bendigo, Kennington Reservoir ClimateWatch field guidetrail maps and recording sheets to mark your observations. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.

Alternatively, you can record your sightings using the ClimateWatch smartphone app.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Parks Victoria, please notify the park prior to your visit through the Parks Victoria teacher portal here

Any organised group activities at Kennington Reservoir are also to be booked via Caitlin Henderson, City of Greater Bendigo Healthy Lifestyles Officer - Facility Activation. Phone +61 3 54346169 Email


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Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national phenology program ClimateWatch.

Our parks and reserves system protects many important environments but sit in a broader landscape that is changing. They play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, providing clean air and water, regulating climate, maintaining healthy waterways, preventing soil erosion, maintaining genetic resources, providing habitat for native species and pollination.

Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria. This area includes national parks, urban parks, large wilderness areas and 70 per cent of Victoria’s coastline. Parks Victoria also manages a representative system of marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. They are the local port manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Port Campbell and the waterway manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.

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