LONG SWAMP RESTORATION TRIAL, DISCOVERY BAY COASTAL PARK

As you might have guessed from its name, Long Swamp is a long, narrow wetland system that is situated literally in the far south-western corner of Victoria, near the township of Nelson.

Long Swamp extends for over 15km, from the Glenelg River estuary, south-eastwards to Lake Mombeong and is bounded by coastal dunes to the south and higher undulating ground to the north. This wetland is one of the key environmental features conserved within Discovery Bay Coastal Park, is listed on the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia, and forms part of one of the Australian Government’s identified High Ecological Value Aquatic Ecosystem (HEVAE) sites across the country.

Like many wetlands across southern Australia, the hydrology of Long Swamp has been altered (through a range of factors) since European settlement, and there has been growing concern within the local community about the current trends of change within the wetland system.

After the launch of Nature Glenelg Trust in January 2012, we began working in partnership with the local community and the agencies responsible for the management of Long Swamp, to:

  • help better understand the current values of the system,
  • document the historic and current trajectory of change, and
  • articulate future management options that are based around a sound set of principles that are guided by the scientific work undertaken.

The findings of the baseline Long Swamp Fish and Frog Study, commissioned by the Glenelg Hopkins CMA and undertaken by Nature Glenelg Trust in 2012, can be downloaded here: Long Swamp Fish and Frog Survey 2012.

As a result of the this work and other previous studies, Nature Glenelg Trust has been awarded grant funding by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), to undertake a hydrological restoration trial at the Nobles Rocks outlet from Long Swamp, through the installation of temporary sandbag weir structures in 2014/15.

This project has been made possible by the generous support of the Nelson Coastcare Group, Parks Victoria, DEPI, the Glenelg Hopkins CMA and a wide range of other people in the local cross-border community.

Please check the blogs below for the latest updates on the project, as well as a large amount of additional background information.

  • Exploring NGT restored wetlands – School holiday adventures January 21, 2021
    A lot of ecological restoration, management and science involves sitting at a desk, but I have a strong belief that ecologists should regularly spend time in the ecosystems on which they work. Not just focused work time, with specific tasks to achieve, but leisure time as well. Just relaxing and playing around nature improves ecological ...
  • NGT friends and supporters drop in at Walker Swamp January 21, 2021
    Wild, windy, cold weather made it feel more like August than January for much of my stay, but fortunately this didn’t deter the more than 30 visitors who popped in at different times to catch up and say g’day over the five days I spent camping out last week at Walker Swamp.A number of ...
  • Under the surface – the latest round of aquatic fauna assessments in the Wannon River wetlands January 21, 2021
    Since the initial restoration trials at Gooseneck and Brady Swamp, we have been keeping an eye on how the fish and frogs are doing. A key justification for restoring hydrology is to ensure that these species have an opportunity to breed and for many species, wetland inundation into late spring is crucial. Being at the ...
  • An uncommon sighting of a Common Wombat… January 21, 2021
    Before I start, a quick warning – if you are squeamish about looking at dead wildlife on our roads – then this post is not for you! The other day I came across and interesting sighting in pine forest on the track that runs along the old Mt Gambier to Heywood disused railway line, right near ...
  • Eaglehawk Waterhole Restoration Reserve: update from caretaker Andy January 21, 2021
    Andy Lines was our live-in caretaker at Eaglehawk Waterhole for over three years from 2016 to 2019. After some time away, late last winter he returned to the site and has an update for us below.Andy writes:My arrivalArriving in early August 2020, the weather was mostly cold and wet along with a few foggy mornings. ...
  • Citizen science event: Bat and Insects – You’re invited! January 21, 2021
    Did you know that while we sleep, bats work all night across our region consuming large quantities of insects – including agricultural pest species!Next month, together with the Limestone Coast Landscape Board, we’ll be hosting two events focussed on bats and their prey, near Naracoorte (12 Feb) and at NGT’s Mt Burr Swamp (13 Feb). ...
  • Your chance to contribute to turtle conservation in Australia January 21, 2021
    I was recently contacted by biologist Mike Thompson who is part of a consortium of scientists managing an extensive program of study into the biology and conservation of Australian freshwater turtles. As a result of significant decline in long-necked turtles in the Murray River region, Mike and the team have launched an app, TurtleSAT (Turtle ...
  • Clean Up Australia Day 2021! and other upcoming volunteer events January 21, 2021
    As usual, we have a range of opportunities to get out and about with us over the next few weeks. All are welcome and no particular skills are necessary.Friday 29 Jan, Kurrawonga working bee, Nelson, VicJoin Nicole in some property-edge weed monitoring or just come for a bushwalk. If you’re coming from SA, ...
  • It’s moose hunting season! Species of the month: Moose Orchid January 21, 2021
    This month’s feature species is the Moose Orchid or Large Tongue Orchid (Cryptostylis subulata). The Moose Orchid has long and leathery green leaves that are erect and lance shaped, and is usually found growing in swamps, marshes and stream edges. The flowering stems can range from 20 cm up to over 120 cm tall! The ...
  • A huge thank you to the NGT team and volunteers: An amazing effort through a year of challenge December 17, 2020
    It has been an unusual year to say the least! 2020 was a year of challenge and uncertainty and made it difficult to predict what was ahead; at times we doubted whether we would be able to continue all the important work we strive to do at NGT. On reflection, we also have much gratitude for ...

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