LONG SWAMP RESTORATION TRIAL, DISCOVERY BAY COASTAL PARK

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.

  • Coming soon… An exciting new NGT initiative is just around the corner! March 31, 2021
    Keep an eye out for the NGT Newsletter in April or May, when you will hear all about our latest restoration initiative and your chance to be part of creating NGT’s 8th Restoration Reserve. This exciting new project is our soon to be announced ‘end of financial year’ fundraiser in 2021. The project will enable us ...
  • NGT kicks off a complex eco-hydrological investigation on the east coast of Tasmania March 31, 2021
    Over the past couple of weeks, Ben and I have had the opportunity to kick off a new project on the east coast of Tasmania, near Freycinet National Park, and it turns out we arrived just in time to experience a major episodic rainfall event and witness the subsequent floods!The Apsley River (right), Apsley Marshes ...
  • “We can’t engineer away flooding” – La Niña event highlights the importance of retaining and restoring wetlands in both urban and rural Australia March 31, 2021
    The recent stories of flooding across the eastern part of our continent have once again brought the complex issue of floodplain development into sharp focus. Let’s start by thinking a little about land use change in rural Australia…Cropping has expanded into more areas of wetland and floodplain that were historically considered “too wet” for this ...
  • For new NGT Newsletter subscribers… in case you missed it March 31, 2021
    Over the past month, since the ABC news story about Walker Swamp resonated around the world in February, we’ve continued to see an increase in new subscribers to the NGT monthly email newsletter – which is really fantastic. If you are one of those wonderful people, then a very warm welcome to you! We hope ...
  • Nemo has been found! A ‘new to science’ species discovered at Mt Burr Swamp March 31, 2021
    On a sunny day in November last year, I was doing fish sampling in various wetlands at Mt Burr Swamp when something caught my eye. In the net I had captured something tiny that I had seen before; I recognised it by the beautiful orange and white stripes on its head. I was quite sure ...
  • Getting to know the aquatic life at Mt Burr Swamp – including a threatened crayfish March 31, 2021
    Over the summer months, Sheryl, Bryan, Jess, Taylah – along with students from Grant High School – have been exploring the wetlands at Mt Burr Swamp to obtain a better understanding of the aquatic fauna on the property. While the largest and most prominent wetland is of course Mt Burr Swamp itself, there are in fact ...
  • Brolga flocking goes up a gear at Green Swamp March 31, 2021
    Last Friday I dropped into NGT’s Green Swamp Restoration Reserve to download some water level data from a logger we have had out there for the past six years. This is something I do twice a year, usually in spring and then again in March. It’s always a good opportunity to whack on the waders ...
  • Environmental education at Walker Swamp features in the Hamilton Spectator March 31, 2021
    Over the past couple of months, I have been busy working on a range of educational projects and activities – from running bird courses with the community to connecting local schools with education opportunities at Walker Swamp. In fact, the latter was featured in a really nice long article a couple of weeks ago (on ...
  • Naracoorte Bio-Blitzed! and other Citizen Science Events March 31, 2021
    In recent weeks, the Limestone Coast Landscape Board has partnered with NGT to deliver a couple of fun and educational citizen science events.First up, back in mid-February we had an event focussed on bats and their food sources for local landholders. Rose and I set out to catch bats and bugs of all shapes and ...
  • Introducing Becci, our new Volunteer Coordinator March 31, 2021
    My name is Becci and I am the new volunteer coordinator for Nature Glenelg Trust. I started in February 2021 and I am still really excited about this new role, helping out to manage, promote and coordinate the volunteer events and being the contact person for all volunteers.I am originally from Germany and came to ...

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