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.

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  • The recent floods continue to stimulate interesting discussion about how we interact with nature in Australia’s floodplains January 25, 2023
    Over recent months we have continued to look at issues surrounding flooding and the way we interact with our natural landscapes in Australia, especially in urban areas.A lot of interesting discussion has been generated by the 2022 floods, so I thought we’d share some interesting articles for some summer reading, listening and reflection.First up, this ...
  • Ok boomer! Endangered bitterns are ‘booming’ in western Vic January 25, 2023
    Recent wet conditions over spring and summer have resulted in a bumper year for records of the nationally endangered Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), or ‘boomer’, known for its deep booming call. In fact, for the first time since restoration, a Bittern was detected in early November at our very own Walker Swamp by Tom and ...
  • Molecular taxonomy finally catches up with the growling grass frog January 25, 2023
    The growling grass frog (aka southern bell frog) is one of the most iconic wetland species across western Victoria and south-east South Australia. Their call is part of the seasonal soundtrack, signalling wetland filling and heralding in the beginning of the dry down. The species is threatened nationally and, during drier periods like the millennium ...
  • An unexpected find in the dunes of Discovery Bay: The critically endangered Coastal Leek Orchid January 25, 2023
    Back in December, when I was taking a look at Long Swamp, in Discovery Bay Coastal Park, I came across something that you don’t see too often: a beautiful, fleshy leek orchid in the middle of a sandy track in the dunes. Despite being a bit chewed and bent over, it looked very interesting, so ...
  • Southern Bent-wing Bat cave audit gets underway in South East SA January 25, 2023
    Last year, the southern bent-wing bat took out the inaugural title of Australian Mammal of the Year after a fierce competition of public voting. This small insectivorous bat has a limited distribution in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia and western Victoria, and after a drastic population decline in the latter part of the ...
  • After two years of research, monitoring and engagement: Aldinga Washpool report finalised January 25, 2023
    Regular readers will be aware from previous articles of NGT’s involvement with the Aldinga Washpool. After two years of research, monitoring and engagement with a broad range of people, our report Ecohydrological Restoration Assessment of the Aldinga Washpool is now complete and is available to download here.First and foremost, we hope the report accurately ...
  • Time-lapse cameras aid water monitoring in the Ramsar-listed Apsley Marshes January 25, 2023
    You may have heard about our eco-hydrological investigation into the Moulting Lagoon and Aspley Marshes Ramsar sites on the east coast of Tasmania (read more about the project here) – an important project we are delivering in partnership with NRM South and the Australian Government.As part of the monitoring program at the Ramsar-listed Apsley Marshes ...
  • Managing the interface between agriculture and conservation at Lake Hawdon South January 25, 2023
    On the 5th of January I visited Lake Hawdon South, 15 km inland from Robe, with members of the South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board (SEWCDB). The purpose was to explore some of the management issues where the artificial Bray Drain enters the wetland. Present were SEWCDB members Miles Hannemann, James Holyman, Jane Featherstonhaugh ...

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

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