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.

  • Part 5: The Lake Moniboeng Naming Story – Another piece of the puzzle emerges from the archives… December 6, 2017 Three years ago, we took a closer look at the long and complex dispute surrounding the name for this remote but beautiful permanent freshwater lake at the eastern end of Long Swamp, in Discovery Bay Coastal Park. You can revisit that earlier story by following these links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part ...
  • Long Swamp Restoration Trial update – October 2017 October 29, 2017 We’re currently busy putting the final touches on an evaluation report that summarises everything we’ve learned about Long Swamp since NGT first became involved with restoration planning and action for this magnificent wetland in Discovery Bay Coastal Park in 2012. Hopefully we’ll be able to share the finished product with you soon… In the mean time, last week ...
  • The NGT blogs are back – and there is a lot to catch up on! June 23, 2017 To say we’ve been a little busy at NGT over the past couple of months would be a serious understatement, with a plethora of project reports to finalise before the end of financial year – and unfortunately this has kept us a bit quieter than usual on the blogs. So to keep you up to date with ...
  • Long Swamp fish monitoring update June 23, 2017 Many community members would remember the feeling of satisfaction after helping build a trial stricture (made of 7000 sand bags) to regulate the final artificial outlet from Long Swamp at Nobles Rocks. This weir successfully resulted in the recovery of approximately 200 hectares of aquatic habitat upstream of the outlet and with the help of significant ...
  • Discovery Bay Wetland Restoration Presentation by NGT – a special feature on RegenTV February 10, 2017 Last year I was invited to speak at a fantastic single day restoration workshop in Sydney attended by around 300 people, and the event was recorded by the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) for RegenTV – a diverse on-line educational resource set-up by AABR for people interested in sharing knowledge in restoration. Some of the presentations ...
  • NGT Stories in the latest edition of Wetlands Australia Magazine February 10, 2017 It was World Wetlands Day last week (on the 2nd of February) which means the latest edition of Wetlands Australia Magazine has hit the virtual shelves. This time around two NGT stories feature, including: an article by our ecologist Lauren Veale about the latest native fish monitoring results from Long Swamp a story about NGTs purchase of Mt ...
  • Highlights from the 2016 Australian Society for Limnology Conference in Ballarat November 2, 2016 I recently had the pleasure of attending the annual Australian Society for Limnology (ASL) Conference in Ballarat.  The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Waters of past and present: shaping pathways for future management‘ and focused on decision making in times of uncertainty. This theme reflected the importance of accessing ancient knowledge, measured changes, current ...
  • A great recent article that sums up the full story of Robbie the Bittern November 2, 2016 The September 2016 edition of Australian Birdlife magazine features a great story by Matt Herring, Inka Veltheim and Andrew Silcocks, which tells the full story of Robbie the Bittern, as well as the wider Bitterns in Rice satellite tracking project, which has taught us so much about these mysterious birds in a short space of time. Take ...
  • Finally! – A wet year for our wetland restoration sites September 14, 2016 It has been a long-time coming, but finally over much of the region people are saying “this is what a wet year looks like”, or “it reminds me of the 80s or early 90s”. My first visit to the region was in 1996 and there was water everywhere, but at the time I was told it ...
  • Glenelg River Information Night a big success! August 30, 2016 Earlier this month, we were excited to host a Glenelg River Information Night at the Nelson Hotel. The night was a great way of providing community members with an update on a number of our regional projects, all of which involve significant involvement from the local community. The night was a big success, with over ...

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