RESTORATION TRIAL AT BRADY SWAMP ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND

Brady Swamp is situated adjacent to the far south-eastern corner of the Grampians National Park in Victoria’s South West, straddling public (Brady Swamp Wildlife Reserve) and private land. The swamp is one in a chain of wetlands of the Wannon River Floodplain, as the river reaches the flats after exiting the valley between the Serra and Mt William Ranges within the Grampians.

After the success of the Gooseneck Swamp restoration trial in 2013, Nature Glenelg Trust has initiated a similar trial, undertaken to address the impacts of artificial drainage on Brady Swamp in 2014 – which is the next wetland downstream from Gooseneck Swamp.

Having been made the terminus for discharging flows from the Bunnugal Rural Drainage Area from around 1900 (bringing water from the drained Heifer Swamp), both Gooseneck and Brady Swamp were themselves subsequently drained in in the 1950s.

In the case of Brady Swamp, a deeper, artificial by-pass drainage channel was constructed for a considerable distance parallel to the Wannon River outlet, rejoining the river further downstream. Although a lack of maintenance (resulting in some sedimentation) has seen a partial return of additional wetland habitat within Brady Swamp in more recent years, the drainage channel continues to impact the depth and duration of inundation – causing the swamp to be more seasonal and less permanent in nature.

With the support of local landholders (who have been interested in restoring water levels in Brady Swamp for many years), Parks Victoria, and the Glenelg Hokpins CMA, Nature Glenelg Trust has implemented this restoration trial, with the structure in place before winter 2014.

Updates on the progress of the trial can be viewed below in the project related blogs.

  • Grampians remote monitoring – The wetlands fill as the fun begins! August 31, 2021
    At the end of July, Lachie and Tom met with an eager group of volunteers to complete the first round of data retrievals for our remote monitoring project in the Grampians. Field cameras and AudioMoth sound recorders had been deployed a month prior at various sites across Walker Swamp, Green Swamp, Gooseneck Swamp and Brady ...
  • A glimpse back to the good old days – early season upper Wannon River flows August 31, 2021
    In the south west of Victoria we are currently experiencing one of the wettest winters for a long time. Driving across the landscape, it has been quite revealing to see lots of wetlands showing their face, and many streams running at levels usually seen in a wet Spring. We’ve had a particular interest in the ...
  • Minor ‘surgery’ to restore another wetland on the Wannon River floodplain! June 24, 2021
    There are some days at work that stand out from others. They’re usually around this time of year, when the air is crisp, water droplets glisten on the trees and you are all alone in the bush. After emerging from Victoria’s circuit-breaker lockdown a couple of weeks ago, I desperately needed some time in the ...
  • An exciting citizen science opportunity in the Grampians awaits You! April 27, 2021
    We are in the early stages of developing a volunteer-based wetland monitoring program to learn more about the ecological responses of two restored wetland systems in the southern Grampians.The Walker, Gooseneck, and Brady Swamp wetland complex, and Green Swamp, have undergone significant hydrological changes over the past few years, with support and involvement from the ...
  • A weekend of wetland exploration with the South East Australian Naturalists’ Association April 27, 2021
    On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of April, the Hamilton Field Naturalists’ Club hosted the South East Australian Naturalists’ Association (SEANA) autumn 2021 campout. The event had been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, so it was great to see it go ahead this year! The South East Australian Naturalists’ Association links Field ...
  • Exploring NGT restored wetlands – School holiday adventures January 21, 2021
    A lot of ecological restoration, management and science involves sitting at a desk, but I have a strong belief that ecologists should regularly spend time in the ecosystems on which they work. Not just focused work time, with specific tasks to achieve, but leisure time as well. Just relaxing and playing around nature improves ecological ...
  • Revisiting the RRR Conference – Part 2 – Breaking long-term deadlocks to restore wetlands on public and private land May 10, 2018
    Next up in this series (note: you can see Part 1 here) of short 2-page papers I wrote-up after presenting at the Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate  (RRR) Conference in Armidale last year, is a story describing how NGT worked with a wide range of people to progress two proposed restoration projects that stalled for many years (for different reasons) and as ...
  • Grampians wetlands update December 6, 2017
    After last year’s wet season, the 2017 wet season has snuck under the radar and with lots of other jobs on the go, I hadn’t been up to the Grampians to check in on Gooseneck and Brady Swamps for a while.  Well I wasn’t disappointed when I finally did! Both wetlands are looking the best I ...
  • New habitats recorded for the western swamp crayfish in the Southern Grampians June 23, 2017
    Back in May, Lachie and I headed out for some field work to conduct some snap shot fish surveys in two recently restored wetlands near Dunkeld – Green Swamp and Brady Swamp. Brady swamp is part of a wider wetland complex along the Wannon River, while Green Swamp is a more isolated wetland, nearby to the ...
  • Photo of the week: White-bellied Sea Eagles – Brady Swamp, Victoria February 10, 2017
    The white-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) is a spectacular bird of prey, and thanks to the major flow down the Wannon River late last year, a pair was spotted by NGT’s Lachlan Farrington at Brady Swamp. The birds were subsequently photographed by Rod Bird of the Hamilton Field Naturalists Club. Although more commonly seen along the coast, ...

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