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.

  • Mt Vandyke Fundraiser Update and Conservation Fences Part 2: Sharing NGT’s fence design September 30, 2021
    The balance of the Mt Vandyke land purchase loan as at 30th Sept 2021A small number of donations have still been coming in, which has helped to further reduce the Mt Vandyke land purchase loan balance – as of today (the 30th September), we’ve nudged the balance down to $135,335.03 – fast approaching the 40% ...
  • What is a “Regional Recharge Farm”? – Let’s talk about land management that can deliver local aquifer and environmental benefits September 30, 2021
    There has been some media lately in the South East of South Australia (the Limestone Coast), that has introduced an exciting new concept in water management for the region – after the local Landscape Board attracted recent investment to establish what have been dubbed “Regional Recharge Farms”. If you are one of the many people ...
  • Habitat restoration at Walker Swamp gets a boost with Melbourne Uni to supply thousands of seedlings September 30, 2021
    Recently, we heard about an offer of free seedlings with provenance from the Gariwerd/Grampians area. With this lining up well with our future revegetation plans for Walker Swamp, we had to follow it up! We are chuffed with the result that the School of Ecosystems and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne will supply ...
  • Join us for coastal fun at Robe September 30, 2021
    Over the next two weeks, Jess will be hosting a number of activities as part of Robe’s school holiday program. But the fun isn’t limited to kids – our activities are open to all ages, so come along!Sustainable Fishing, Thursdays – 30th September and 7th OctoberDuring the sustainable fishing events, participants learn about fish ...
  • Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with an OBP Quiz! September 30, 2021
    Coming up soon, on Saturday 9th October, is World Migratory Bird Day, which celebrates bird species that tackle epic migrations. We thought we’d take the opportunity to showcase the Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP), a species that migrates across Bass Straight and between NGT’s focal regions in south-eastern Australia.Although some might call the journey from ...
  • Forgotten Woodland species to be re-established at Long Point: Would you like to join us? September 30, 2021
    NGT’s Long Point Reserve, on the outskirts of Dunkeld, is about to become home to hundreds of woodland species seedlings which will be protected by heavy duty kangaroo-proof guards.Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticilata)Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata)Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa)Friends of Forgotten Woodlands are working to re-establish these species in the Victorian Volcanic PlainsThe Friends of Forgotten ...
  • NGT welcomes Angela Jones as Nursery Coordinator – and upcoming plant sale! September 30, 2021
    Angela Jones is a recent new addition to the NGT team in Mt Gambier, joining us as Community Nursery Coordinator. Ange is a lifelong local to the region, having grown up at Tantanoola and also spent a lot of time at Carpenter Rocks in her youth.Ange has more than a decade of experience in native ...
  • New puddles in the landscape… filling in the view September 30, 2021
    One of my favourite things to do has always been to get to higher ground and take in the view. And one of my favourite views is from the Grampians Road, on the slopes of Mount Abrupt (Mud-dadjug) at the site of a recent landslide. It’s a great place to take in the upper Wannon ...
  • Woody weeds, Wedge-tailed Eagles, and wildflowers at Cobboboonee September 30, 2021
    Although we’ve had a few delays due to the ongoing COVID lockdowns and wet weather, I am now roughly four months into our woody weed treatment project in the beautiful Cobboboonee National Park. So, I thought it was time to do a little update on what I’ve been up to out in this magical forest.Having now ...
  • Threatened fish get the clip for conservation: Yarra Pygmy Perch update September 30, 2021
    Yarra Pygmy Perch, a small bodied freshwater native fish, is thought to be extinct in the wild in the Murray Darling Basin in South Australia, and is severely restricted in the lower South East of SA. Fortunately, a number of back-up populations were established by Aquasave-NGT a number of years ago in private dams.The ...

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