Monash University opens world-class Nature Walk
The public will be able to see for the first time hundreds of rare and historic species of flora and fauna following the opening of a world-class Nature Walk at Monash University.
Today’s opening of the Nature Walk in the 4 hectare Jock Marshall Reserve follows a $5 million infrastructure upgrade at Monash which includes a new 200 metre footbridge at the Reserve.
Until now the Reserve has been ‘closed’ to the public but the new footbridge means that the public will be able to see first-hand the exciting botanical life in the Reserve and enjoy a unique bushland experience.
The Reserve is home to a rich ecosystem comprising diverse species from crustaceans, frogs, bats, lizards and foxes, to native and introduced fauna and more.
“The Jock Marshall Reserve is a world-class teaching and research ecological sanctuary integrated with the latest technology,” said Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, who attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the Nature Walk.
Known as the ‘Green Lungs’ of the Clayton campus the Jock Marshall Reserve is the only reserve of its kind in Victoria.
“The Reserve and its surrounding landscape will become a celebrated and renowned asset for Monash University and the community,” Professor Gardner said.
The Jock Marshall Reserve Nature Walk and raised footbridge will increase public awareness of the Reserve by providing a unique local bushland experience.
Improved connectivity and access will improve connection between the Reserve and interface landscapes, the Monash University campus and the wider community.
The Jock Marshall Reserve was established in 1961 to provide a teaching and research resource for environmental studies on campus.
The Reserve was established by and named after the Foundation Chair of Zoology and Comparative Physiology Professor AJ 'Jock' Marshall.