Lloyd Reserve Project
Lloyd Reserve is a 16ha strip of land between the Toodyay Road and the Avon River. It was once a part of Avon Location V, purchased by the Lloyd Family in the early 1800s, but cut off by the road and railway in the later part of the century. It was offered to the Toodyay Friends of the River Inc. (TFOR) in 1999; they were unable to take the vesting at the time, so it was vested with the Water and Rivers Commission (now the Department of Water). This may soon change.The TFOR have had a Management Agreement on the reserve since 2003, and in 2011 completed a ‘Strategic Development Plan’ for the reserve.
The Toodyay Naturalists Club Inc. (TNC) is supporting the TFOR in developing walk tracks along the Avon River, and received funding from the Wheatbelt NRM for the engineering design and construction of a Bird Hide on Red Bank Pool, on the Avon River, adjacent to Lloyd Reserve and the Bilya Walk Track.
The Bilya walk track, although not officially open as yet, is a;ready receiving a good deal of traffic. Named after Club Member and well-known local bird expert John Masters, the hide will be a feature in Lloyd Reserve, along with a picnic table and seating.
Pictured below, a cold winter morning next to Lloyd Reserve; and walkers having just passed the John Masters Bird Hide.