Nillumbik Shire Council owns and manages seven bushland reserves in the Panton Hill, Smiths Gully and Watsons Creek area collectively known as the Panton Hill Bushland Reserve System.
The reserves total approximately 140 hectares in area and as a system of reserves, in association with Parks Victoria Reserves and Crown Land, form a corridor of relatively intact remnant bushland extends from Smiths Gully in the North to Watson’s Creek in the South, primarily adjoining Long Gully Creek.
The reserves are significant for their diverse array of native plants, animals and vegetation communities, important regional habitat links, the presence of threatened species, the presence of historical and heritage sites, and opportunities for environmental education and recreation.
The individual reserves are named using Wurrundjeri names for species found in the Reserves.
Bulwidj (Yellow Box)
Bunjil (Wedge-tailed Eagle)
Wimbi (Swamp Wallaby)
Wurran (Sugar Glider)
Yanggai (Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo)