Reservoir's endangered Matted Flax-lilies (Dianella amoena) received a boost through a $20,000 Melbourne Water Community Grant awarded to Merri Creek Management Committee. The 2017 project 'Blue Banded Bees Bridging Brex, Broadhurst and BT Connor' saw three Merri Creek sites in Reservoir planted with dense patches of flowering understorey plants to attract the Flax-lilies' primary pollinator, the Blue Banded Bee. Additional Flax-lilies were planted to augment small isolated populations and to create new pollination 'stepping stone' patches.
This complemented the Friends of Merri Creek's crowd-funded Buzz Project that linked up large Flax-lily populations in Reservoir and Fawkner, and created further links between these and smaller-sized Flax-lily populations further south along Merri Creek. The grant also improved vegetation along the banks of Merri Creek through weed control and planting of shrubs and ground storey plants.
Related Community Plantings in 2017
The Buzz Planting & BBQ on Sunday 18 June 2017 was held near McBryde Street Fawkner and attended by 29 people who planted about 1500 indigenous, pollinator-attracting wildflower species around remnant patches of the endangered Matted Flax-lily (Dianella amoena) in Moreland. Funded by Victorian Government and public donations to Help the Blue-banded Bee.
The BBB Planting & BBQ on Sunday 16 July 2017 was held in BT Connor Reserve in Reservoir and attended by 32 people who planted 800 plants complementary indigenous wildflower species to support remnant patches of the endangered Matted Flax-lily (Dianella amoena) on the east bank of the Merri Creek in Darebin. Funded by Melbourne Water.