Reservoir's endangered Matted Flax-lilies (Dianella amoena) are set to receive a boost through a $20,000 Melbourne Water Community Grant awarded to Merri Creek Management Committee. The project 'Blue Banded Bees Bridging Brex, Broadhurst and BT Connor' will see 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 will be planted to augment small isolated populations and to create new pollination 'stepping stone' patches.
This will complement the Friends of Merri Creek's crowd-funded Buzz Project that links up large Flax-lily populations in Reservoir and Fawkner, and create further links between these and smaller-sized Flax-lily populations further south along Merri Creek. The grant will also improve vegetation along the banks of Merri Creek through weed control and planting of shrubs and ground storey plants.
Related Community Plantings:
Sunday 18 June: Buzz Planting & BBQ Meet at the car park at McBryde St Fawkner, 10am-12.30pm. Melway 8 A12.Fawkner. Come help plant 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.
Sunday 16 July: BBB Planting & BBQ Meet at Preston Lions Soccer Club car park, Melway 18 B3 or Cnr Glasgow Ave & Radford Rd, 10am-12.30pm. Come help plant 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.