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.

  • Join us in Warrnambool for the Small Things Festival, on Saturday 20th October – Book Now! October 10, 2018 The Small Things Festival will be held on Saturday 20 October on the civic green and surrounding venues in Warrnambool. 9am-3pm. The Small Things Festival has been made possible through a Community Development Fund grant from the Warrnambool City Council and financial sponsorship by the Glenelg Hopkins CMA, along with many volunteers, groups and organisations who ...
  • Come and explore the big world of tiny creatures at Kurrawonga on Sunday, 18th of November October 10, 2018 We are very excited to announce that NGT is holding an Art in Science Workshop at Kurrawonga, Nelson, on: Sunday, the 18th of November 2018. Dive into the world of insects, spend a day exploring the diversity and start to understand what all the buzz is about. For this workshop we are working with the local photographer Ockert ...
  • NGT wins the 2018 SERA National Award for Restoration Excellence October 10, 2018 On Thursday the 27th of October 2018, I was asked to join the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) at their biennial conference dinner and awards ceremony in Brisbane. After a series of other National Awards were announced, it was down to the last category – the SERA Award for Restoration Excellence (for large-scale projects) – ...
  • Nick and Sylvia recognised for their important conservation work with aquatic species October 10, 2018 A little earlier in the same week that NGT received a National Award from SERA, two NGT staff were also recognised for their dedicated conservation work with our native aquatic species. It sure was a big week for our little NGO! Firstly on Tuesday, September 25th, Nick Whiterod was announced as the recipient of a Churchill ...
  • A treat of Southern Pygmy Perch at Angas River community event October 10, 2018 The fabulous community event held at Strathalbyn on the Angas River – ‘A river near you’ by the Angas River Catchment Group and the Goolwa to Wellington LAP had a turn of exciting events with Sylvia Zukowski sampling a very healthy population of 72 Southern Pygmy Perch in just one site just north ...
  • Orchid translocation success for the Metallic Sun-orchid at Desert Camp! October 10, 2018 The orchid flowering season is well upon us and the following photograph is of the Metallic Sun-orchid or Thelymitra epipactoides which is a nationally threatened orchid species. This photograph was taken at the translocation site in Desert Camp recently by one of our valued volunteers (Rob Pauley). This species can be sporadic in its emergence ...
  • My early experiences as an NGT Intern from the UK – Tom Hiatt October 10, 2018 I have recently just graduated from a BSc (Hons) Aquaculture and Fisheries Management course, based at the University Centre Sparsholt in the United Kingdom. I wanted to gain more work experience within the Aquatic Ecology sector to further enhance my studies and practical skills. Therefore, I felt an internship would be a great way to gain ...
  • Exploring our connections – the Dedicated Indigenous Garden and Sculpture (DIGS) project at Narrawong October 10, 2018 After a big rebuild, Narrawong District Primary School will see another exciting transformation to their school in term four. Local artist Catherine Bailey and NGT’s Lauren Kivisalu are working with the students and school community as part of the “Dedicated Indigenous Garden and Sculpture (DIGS)” project. During this project, the students will be exploring connections – ...
  • Time to share some fantastic news for wetland restoration in western Victoria October 10, 2018 A series of recent grant funding announcements are providing NGT with a welcome boost to our wetland restoration activities in western Victoria! Firstly, the Australian Government has now confirmed the recipients of ‘National Landcare Program – Environment Small Grants’ around the country – you can see the full list here. Nature Glenelg Trust is grateful to have been ...
  • Celebrating international recognition for the Glenelg River estuary and wetlands of Discovery Bay October 10, 2018 A few weeks ago I had the pleasure and privilege of being invited by the Glenelg Hopkins CMA and the Nelson Coast Care Group, to speak on behalf of the local community at the public celebration for the recent listing of the Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay, as Australia’s 66th wetland of international importance under ...

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