Pakenham Native Grassland Reserve, Pakenham
Pakenham Native Grassland Reserve is an endangered native plant community located between Webster Way and Arden Avenue.
Between Webster Way and Arden Avenue, Pakenham.
About Pakenham Native Grassland Reserve
The Pakenham Native Grassland Reserve is an historic Pakenham airfield and is a treeless grassland which is federally listed as endangered.
- A 10 hectare reserve representing one of the largest grassland remnants in south-east Melbourne.
- 56 different wildflower, grass and native herb species are found in the reserve.
- Maron and purple tinges of the new growth in the Kangaroo grass can be seen in spring.
- A footpath goes around the outside of the reserve.
Care for the grassland
To mimic Indigenous burning and reduce fuel loads, Council slashes and bales the native vegetation. The reduction ensures that some native plants do not dominate the reserve and allows smaller herbs and orchids to flourish. The road network around the perimeter of the grasslands provides a natural fire break.
Snakes may be seen from time to time in the reserve. These animals are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. They are often seen basking in the sun but being shy of people will typically move once disturbed. If you see a snake it is best to leave it alone. Do not provoke or touch it.