An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Valley Reserve, Mount Waverley

Valley Reserve Bushland © City of Monash

Within this 15 hectare Reserve, near the corner of Waverley and Stephenson Roads, lies some of the only remaining patches of intact bushland in the area. These provide a vital habitat for a wide range of fauna and a fascinating insight into how Mount Waverley looked before urban development.

The Council, together with the Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve, has done considerable work to restore and maintain this area, with weeding, planting and other maintenance work continuing to keep the Reserve in good health for the community to enjoy.

The unique urban bushland environment of Valley Reserve is home to more than 55 native species, including 32 significant plant species. This site is also considered to be of Regional Zoological Significance.

Significant fauna species likely to be found here include the Grey-headed Flying Fox, Southern Bell Frog, Eastern Snake-necked Tortoise, Peregrine Falcon, Crested Shrike-tit, Gang-Gang Cockatoo and the Striped Marsh Frog.

The vegetation is largely made up of Messmate, Narrow-leaf Peppermint, Silver-leaf Stringybark and Swamp Gum, with a Grassy Forest understorey. In the wetter areas of Valley Reserve, Swamp Paperbark grows in the Riparian vegetation community, with Swampy Scrub complex in the understorey.

This ClimateWatch trail was created as part of Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne's East by the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA). The project won the Government category for the 2016 Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards, as well as the Local Government category in the 2016 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.

Valley Reserve's new and award-winning Adventure Playspace © City of Monash

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity at Valley Reserve
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet for Valley Reserve 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 Valley Reserve ClimateWatch field guide and recording sheet 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.
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through the City of Monash, please contact

This ClimateWatch trail was developed with