Devilbend Reservoir Walk, Saturday 21 March 2020
Ian McMichael led the long walk, a 13km loop on mostly flat management vehicle tracks around the Devilbend Natural Features Reserve.
Shorter walkers were self-guided with an option to join in at the lunch spot for
the return walk.
The Devilbend Reservoir and adjoining Bittern Reservoir form
the largest inland water body on the Mornington Peninsula. They were intended
to provide potable water for the whole district. These storages quickly proved
unsuitable and were replaced by a water pipeline from Cardinia Reservoir in 2000. Fortunately, the 1,005ha reserve now provides excellent freshwater habitat for fauna and waterbirds on the Peninsula.
Covid 19 was already in our thoughts, but the writing was on the wall. So we diligently tried our social distancing behaviour for the first time on our walks. As it turned out, the Premier imposed lock-down only a few days later. We got it (mostly) right. Room for a bit of improvement.