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 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, ...
  • Growlers Bouncing Back at Brady Swamp December 6, 2016 Being out on Brady Swamp in a kayak, looking up at the Grampians and listening to the awe-inspiring sound of growling grass frogs (also called southern bell frogs) was one of those moments of self-reflection. A time to stop and truly appreciate how lucky you are to be doing what you’re doing. To refresh your memory, ...
  • Photo of the week – Juvenile Long-necked Turtle, near Brady Swamp September 20, 2016 Special thanks to Todd Burger from Glenthompson for sending this fantastic snap of a juvenile Eastern Long-necked Turtle, found on the road near Brady Swamp. And just in case you are wondering just how big this cute little critter is… then check this out for size! By the way, in case you are wondering, Brady Swamp is now full ...
  • Update on southern Grampians restored wetlands – the flows have arrived! August 30, 2016 Last week I took the opportunity to check back in on some of the restoration sites we have been working on around the southern Grampians, and I have some good news! Let’s start the journey a bit further east, and up the Bunnugal drain, to one of the first sites we worked on under the Wetland ...
  • Permanent pools along the Wannon River provide critical refuge through the tough times June 28, 2016 Back in April, Liam and I spent a week exploring the southern Grampians in search of permanent pools along the Wannon River to identity key drought refuge sites (permanent pools) for native aquatic species. These surveys were part of a wider project (generously funded by the Victorian State Government) aimed at acquiring baseline information on the population ...
  • The latest edition of Wetland Link – featuring recent NGT work at Brady Swamp August 7, 2015 The latest edition of Wetland Link – a wetland focussed e-newsletter produced by Wetland Care Australia – featured a link to NGT’s recent revegetation works on the reinstated banks of Brady and Gooseneck Swamps. A big thanks to Wetland Link for giving this highly successful project in the southern Grampians a mention! Needless to say, it ...
  • Revegetation at the Brady Swamp complex tops off recent restoration earthworks! July 24, 2015 Temperatures recently plummeted as south-eastern Australia experienced a extreme cold snap – but we didn’t let the coldest winter blast in fifteen years interrupt our planting day plans! Nine dedicated (and rugged up) staff and volunteers headed out to the site north of Dunkeld to plant 500 trees, shrubs, and sedges across two backfilled drain sites, ...
  • Upcoming Brady Swamp Planting Day – THIS SUNDAY – the 12th of July July 9, 2015 Join us for an afternoon planting session at the Brady Swamp complex, near Dunkeld this Sunday, 12 July. The day will be a great opportunity to check out the progress on the wetland restoration at this site, whether you are familiar with the site or interested to learn more about the area. We’ll be aiming ...

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