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.

  • Ecological burning to recover threatened plants at Avenue in South Australia November 28, 2019 Prescribed burning is a well documented and necessary management tool for improving the viability of a number of our threatened plant populations, especially those with germination cues that are triggered by this form of natural disturbance. In a previous ‘species of the month’ post we highlighted the research and on-ground action NGT are undertaking to ...
  • Schools “jump in” to help save critically endangered fish species November 28, 2019 Urrbrae High School and Alberton Primary School students have been doing something very cool – breeding Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon! The schools are working with Aquasave-NGT and the Department of Environment and Water with funding from Australian Government National Landcare to manage a hatchery and help reintroduce this critically endangered species into the single site ...
  • National Award recognises community contribution to the Walker Swamp Restoration Reserve November 28, 2019 Nature Glenelg Trust has been nationally recognised for its successful cooperative approach to wetland restoration on the Wannon River Floodplain, winning the ‘Involving Community in Waterway Management Award’ at the River Basin Management Society biannual awards recently. The restoration of Walker Swamp has come about as a result of the efforts of many people within Nature ...
  • Invertebrates are to be part of Threatened Species List in South Australia November 28, 2019 Exciting news! –  the SA Government have recently stated that the listing of invertebrates as part of the state Threatened Species schedules will occur as part of their next review. The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 includes lists of plant and animal populations which are considered Endangered, Vulnerable or Rare in South Australia. These lists ...
  • Delegates inspired by NGT projects at the 2019 Private Land Conservation Conference November 28, 2019 The 2019 Private Land Conservation Conference (PLC19) was held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide on October 8-10th. This annual conference of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) attracts delegates from around Australia and overseas to learn about and share the latest conservation initiatives happening on private land; ALCA’s member organisations collectively manage 2.9 ...
  • Lu-Wei reflects on the 2019 South Australian Landcare Conference in Bordertown November 28, 2019 Last month I was privileged to be invited as a speaker at the 2019 South Australian Landcare Conference in Bordertown. This year the theme was “Landcare Unearthed – Celebrating Diversity, Managing Landscapes”, and the three-day event brought together people from all around South Australia and the rest of the country. I was extremely surprised and honoured to ...
  • Eel Festival Healing Walk visits Walker Swamp November 28, 2019 The Healing Walk is organised by the Lake Bolac Eel Festival (Kuyang Lapakira – Plenty Eels), and has run since 2005. Neil Murray writes about the origins of the walk here. We gathered on Thursday 21st November near Yarram Gap Rd and finished at a billabong near Dunkeld on Monday 25th November, travelling across Djab Wurrung ...
  • Student scientists from Grant High School assess wetland condition at Mount Burr Swamp November 28, 2019 Year 9 students from Grant High School recently visited Mount Burr Swamp Restoration Reserve to assess the health of the swamp. Nature Glenelg Trust ecologists Nicole and Bryan met with the students and helped them to develop a greater understanding of the function and role of native ecosystems, particularly wetlands, and how important it is ...
  • A very unusual “bird in the hand” – A rare encounter with Lewin’s Rail November 28, 2019 All the chatter about National Bird Week this year got me thinking about some of my most interesting past bird encounters. Back in the days when I was regularly out and about surveying swamps around the South East of SA coast looking for the nationally endangered Swamp Antechinus (Antechinus minimus martimus), I occasionally got a surprise ...
  • Colourful Spring flowering at Balmoral Recreation Reserve November 28, 2019 Hayfever aside, the Spring flowering of species in the Grasslands and Grassy Woodlands of south-western Victoria is a sight to behold – especially following good rains. In early November NGT’s Lauren K., Jonathan and Sheryl joined others for a wildflower walk at the Balmoral Recreation Reserve, just west of Gariwerd … and the Plains Grassy Woodland within ...

Click here for the full list of blogs related to the restoration trial

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