Early works at Mt Burr Swamp a huge success… and the Growling Grass Frogs agree!

Early works at Mt Burr Swamp a huge success… and the Growling Grass Frogs agree!

We are only a few days away from settlement, so it’s time to give you a proper, visual sense of what this project is all about…

As reported in a recent blog, we’ve been on the front foot with some early restoration works out on-site and have been most fortunate to capitalise on the wet spring to produce some early, stunning results.

This is how we left the structure on the day back in August when we put it in place…

The completed temporary structure in August 2016

The completed temporary structure in August 2016

And here is how it looked earlier today (the 27th of September)…

The structure on the 27th September 2016

The structure on the 27th September 2016

That’s an extra 42 cm depth of water in the swamp, which is still filling, and now looks like this – the most water seen in Mt Burr Swamp since it was drained decades ago!

Mt Burr Swamp in late September, with the temporary structure operational.

Mt Burr Swamp in late September, with the temporary structure working perfectly to restore water levels.

And while doing some work on the shed today, we confirmed the presence of the nationally vulnerable Growling Grass Frog (also known as the Southern Bell Frog) Litoria raniformis in Mt Burr Swamp. A few individuals started calling in the recovering beds of water ribbons in the swamp (see the green tinge in the image above), so I went to the waters edge and managed to capture a short recording to share with you here:

It was a bit windy and the recording is short and faint, but this is unmistakably the sound of the Growling Grass Frog. What a great day!

Please help us secure and build upon these fantastic early results by chipping in before settlement on Friday.

Thanks for your support!

Mark Bachmann
Mark Bachmann
mark.bachmann@natureglenelg.org.au