The community monitoring of Gooseneck Swamp is continuing, with Rod from the Hamilton Field Naturalists Club, along with Steve and Jane, kindly assisting by undertaking the monthly bird surveys of the site. The third monthly visit was recently completed.
Other forms of monitoring that are occurring to provide meaningful information on the success of the project include the placement of recording devices to detect the different species of frogs that are calling at the site, water level monitoring, photopoint and vegetation monitoring.
Some images that might be of interest to help visually tell the story of change are below:
Meanwhile, over the past month water levels have remained fairly stable thanks to a combination of steady inflows from the Wannon River and the successful operation of the restoration trial structure.
The sandbag weir structure itself is holding up very well, with an estimated 45 cm difference in water level above and below the structure.
A final note on Gooseneck Swamp this month is that we are in the process of organising a Community Bushwalk and Information Day, to be held on Saturday the 14th December. More details will be provided soon, but if you would like to see the site for yourself, please keep the date free – we’d love to see you out there!