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.

  • Let’s talk about ‘Project Coorong’ and the key role of complementary coastal wetland restoration to maintaining Ramsar values February 20, 2020 On Thursday, myself and Mark from NGT headed to Meningie for a very informative and detailed workshop, where the community was given the opportunity to hear from SA Government (DEW) staff and researchers leading the scientific investigations that form part of ‘Project Coorong’, ask questions, discuss what we learned and then provide feedback on the ...
  • Greg hits the ABC airwaves for World Wetlands Day 2020 ! February 20, 2020 Our stories last month on the new NGT reserve at Green Swamp, and its amazing birdlife, attracted the attention of the ABC radio media on both sides of the border – which was fantastic, as was the positive reception to the news from so many of our newsletter readers. We’re absolutely thrilled that you’re excited by ...
  • Sugar Gliders and Ghost Mushrooms – another diverse day at Kurrawonga February 20, 2020 The weather has been a little crazy this summer and has definitely affected the life at Kurrawonga. The recent heavy summer rains have led to an explosion of the fungi world including one large ghost mushroom colony. Sadly, the hot days very early in the summer has led to not so pleasant discoveries when we checked ...
  • NGT volunteers update & don’t forget our free BBQ and Clean Up Australia Day Event February 20, 2020 The year may have only just begun, but NGT volunteers have already been actively involved in a range of projects and activities around the region. A number of volunteers have been doing a fantastic effort in helping Ryan manage the native plant nursery as part of the Fieldwork Fridays program. The nursery is quickly filling up with ...
  • Are butterflies our local ‘canary in the coal-mine’? February 20, 2020 Invertebrates (or more specifically insects) are a widely studied group of animals throughout the globe, with more studies than you can ‘poke a stick at’. These studies range from understanding more about individual species or populations in a given area through to particular guilds of insects or landscape/continental scale declines, such as in pollinators. All ...
  • Sharing some fascinating old and new perspectives on Long Swamp February 20, 2020 It is time to share a couple of fascinating, but vastly different perspectives on the award winning Long Swamp Restoration Project – now that the restoration works are complete. One perspective is from the sky, and the other is from the past. Firstly, let’s go back in time… “he went along one day and it was sort ...
  • Nick is officially a Churchill Fellow February 20, 2020 Following approval of my Fellowship report, I’ve officially become a Churchill Fellow! My Fellowship focused on the conservation translocation of threatened Australian freshwater species, namely, ‘To develop world leading reintroduction strategies for threatened South Australian aquatic species’. My Fellowship report summarises the main activities of my overseas travels to Costa Rica, US, UK, Ireland and Sweden from June ...
  • International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2020 February 20, 2020 The 11th February 2020 was the United Nation’s ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’ – a day that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and is part of a resolution to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. Why is this important? A ...
  • The 2019 NGT Annual Report is now available to download February 20, 2020 For anyone interested to learn a little more about the inner workings of NGT, our 2019 Annual Report is available to download as a pdf from our website. So much happens in the course of a year; it is always a little hard to know where to start when summarising our work, but for regular readers ...
  • Photo of the month – Who is circling Walker Swamp? February 20, 2020 With NGT’s wetland reserves still holding water, flocks of waterbirds have been keeping the team on point as they look to identify who is around … and it seems that they have been getting some extra help from above! For those of us who don’t have a heap of identification know-how when it comes to avifauna, ...

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

Click here for the full list of other archived blogs related to Long Swamp

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.