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.

  • Discovering the last sheoak of Walker Swamp June 25, 2021
    If you pay attention out at Walker Swamp, some very interesting ecological processes and transitions are underway. This little update is about letting the pictures do the talking… so let’s go for a stroll and read the landscape together! First up, let’s start with the big picture, and this oblique aerial view. Looking over Walker Swamp ...
  • Mt Vandyke fundraiser – a final update before June 30… June 24, 2021
    It has been 4 weeks since we launched the new NGT fundraiser for Mt Vandyke, and together we’re making some good progress… At last count, 68 different donors have so far contributed a little over $40,000 which, after being matched, has now seen the loan balance drop by more than $80,000, from $268,193 just a month ...
  • Interesting times for small mammal trials on the mainland… and where does Mount Vandyke fit in? June 24, 2021
    While the Mt Vandyke land purchase fundraiser is already in full swing (click here to see the latest update), I am now pleased to report that (as of last week) NGT’s project team – led by our ecological experts Leah Kemp and Rose Thompson – have just kicked off the all-important and complex job of ...
  • Geegeela Biodiversity survey results and webinar June 24, 2021
    The Scientific Expedition Group recently assisted Nature Foundation SA and Nature Glenelg Trust to undertake a biological survey in a new nature reserve in the South East of South Australia. Geegeela Nature Reserve is a 100 acre patch of diverse woodlands, donated to Nature Foundation SA, adjoining the Geegeela Conservation Park, 45 km south of ...
  • Goolwa pipis – New video showcases this iconic species June 24, 2021
    The Great Goolwa Cockle Challenge aims to engage and educate recreational fishers and the wider community whilst promoting the Goolwa Cockle and our coastal environment: A video has been produced showcasing this iconic species, including Indigenous, ecological, research and social aspects. Please take a look below! We’d love for you to share the video with ...
  • Introducing Tom, tackling environmental weeds in Cobboboonee National Park June 24, 2021
    Hello there, it’s Tom here and welcome to my first blog for NGT. Well actually, my first ever blog! I’m a brand new addition to the NGT family.  My introduction to the Trust has been filled with meeting the NGT team and visiting a number of NGT Reserves, both in western Victoria and south-eastern South Australia. ...
  • News from Aldinga Washpool: logger installed and Drew Kilner, Cultural Liaison Officer, joins NGT June 24, 2021
    Another new face joined the NGT team recently, with Drew Kilner, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man, coming on board as Cultural Liaison Officer on our project investigating the restoration potential of the Aldinga Washpool. Drew is working with Ben as we seek to understand the history of this wetland, one of the last coastal lagoons remaining ...
  • Minor ‘surgery’ to restore another wetland on the Wannon River floodplain! June 24, 2021
    There are some days at work that stand out from others. They’re usually around this time of year, when the air is crisp, water droplets glisten on the trees and you are all alone in the bush. After emerging from Victoria’s circuit-breaker lockdown a couple of weeks ago, I desperately needed some time in the ...
  • Fish ‘back from the dead’ – and now they are breeding! June 24, 2021
    Southern Purple-spotted Gudgeon, once thought to be regionally extinct, were found in Third Reedy and Middle Reedy Lakes near Kerang, Victoria in 2019. Recently, a collaborative team of stakeholders including Aquasave-NGT ecologists collected 25 fish from the wild to begin an exciting breeding and reintroduction program. The fish were divided between two hatcheries including the ...
  • Preliminary Swamp antechinus survey results ready to share June 24, 2021
    This autumn and early winter, thanks to the generous support of the Limestone Coast Landscape Board, we’ve been undertaking a targeted fauna survey in search of the endangered swamp antechinus (see May story here, and April story here). This small carnivorous marsupial is between the size of a mouse and a rat, and feeds on ...

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

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