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.

  • Walker Swamp update – as we await the rains, help us reach our fundraising target in 2019! May 23, 2019 The restoration of Walker Swamp began just over a year ago, when NGT purchased 500 acres (200 hectares) encompassing the former swamp and adjacent red gum woodlands. Since then we’ve continued to work, and fundraise, to double the restoration area to 1000 acres (400 hectares); linking the main swamp with the Wannon River floodplain and Grampians ...
  • Eaglehawk Waterhole – a great place to be this Saturday May 23, 2019 We have had a fantastic National Volunteer Week catching up with volunteers, meeting new people, and doing what we do best – conserving the environment! We have celebrated our volunteers at the NGT Mount Gambier Open Day, searched with keen eyes for the Orange-bellied Parrot, and listened to the sounds of dusk while surveying for ...
  • Celebrating National Volunteer Week at NGT Mount Gambier May 23, 2019 National Volunteer Week celebrates and acknowledges how important volunteers are, and we have been doing just that. NGT’s week kicked off on Monday at the Mount Gambier office and community nursery for the NGT Open Day; the few sprinkles of rain didn’t interfere with our ability to talk! It was great to catch up and thank ...
  • Sausages, starry night and Smooth Frogs May 23, 2019 In one night, keen volunteers drove and walked to over 30 of the 60 wetlands on the Mount Burr Swamp property. Their aim; to listen and record the frogs in search of the fascinating (and near threatened) Smooth Frog, Geocrinia laevis. Twenty people used the Australian Museum Frog ID app to recognise which species were in ...
  • Farewell to Dan – the green thumb of Mount Gambier parklands May 23, 2019 For nearly three decades, Dan Jeutic has tended the gardens of Vansittart Park in Mount Gambier in his role with the City Council. The Park is somewhere you can visit for fresh air and play with children or grandchildren, a picnic with family or friends, or to quietly ponder the beauty. Parks and gardens play ...
  • Up close with micro-plastics May 23, 2019 You might have heard that tiny pieces of non-biodegradable plastics are finding their way into our oceans and waterways. They can be consumed by wildlife that mistake them as food, or consume with their food. Those little plastic fragments potentially affect us too, so what do we do? Last week I attended (along with 20 others) ...
  • Major milestone for wetlands in the Upper South East – Completion of the South East Flows Restoration project May 23, 2019 Last week I attended a small gathering near Kingston in the south-east of South Australia, to see the new regulator installed on Blackford Drain. The site has significance, being a key piece of infrastructure in the South East Flows Restoration Project; redirecting environmental flows to the Coorong and associated wetlands in the Upper South East ...
  • A wetland transformed in 15 months – now to “just add water” … May 23, 2019 It has brought much joy, and I have had such fun, during the busy months of transformation across the Walker Swamp Restoration Reserve (WSRR); the changes in the last fifteen months have to be seen to be believed! Positive environmental changes usually take a long time. To make such significant steps forward in such a ...
  • Weather vanes and rain moths – our new weather station May 23, 2019 Greg loves Walker Swamp, and swamps love water. Greg wanted to know if it was raining at the swamp, but there were no weather stations nearby. Greg has solved that problem, but it took a few hours, and help from Lachie, to make it happen. The new weather station came safely boxed and bagged with all ...
  • Thank you to NGT volunteers! May 20, 2019 To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we’d like to say “thank you” to all the volunteers who have helped us over the past seven years. This short video briefly touches on the huge efforts and is a great reminder of some fun we’ve had along the way. From all of us at NGT, thank you so ...

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