Join us for volunteer activities at two of NGT’s wetland restoration demonstration sites: our very own ‘Regional Recharge Farms’

You may remember that late last year we introduced you to the new concept of Regional Recharge Farms. In case you missed it, these are locations in the landscape where water is retained in natural wetland features, in our case using nature and the wetland restoration process to passively increase recharge to, or reduce the depletion of, the shallow unconfined aquifer (you can find more info in this post).

NGT’s Mt Burr Swamp and Hutt Bay Wetland Restoration Reserves are being established as the first two test case sites for this concept, in partnership with the Limestone Coast Landscape Board.

As well as bringing back biodiversity and permanently locking up the immense amount of carbon stored in the previously drained peat substrate, the restoration of Mount Burr Swamp is buffering the local shallow groundwater aquifer, enhancing the sustainability of the water resource for wider community benefit.

This autumn there are a range of wetland restoration earthworks underway at Hutt Bay (which we will tell you all about next month), with more works to follow over the next 12 months across more of the reserve at Mt Burr Swamp, and we’ll also have some opportunities for community involvement in the coming months across both properties.

If you live locally in the South East of SA (or nearby western Victoria) and would like to become a regular volunteer at these sites (or even if you live further afield and would like to help out every now and then, or if remote computer-based work suits you better), we’d love to hear from you. Tasks may include biodiversity surveys, wetland restoration monitoring, fence removal and general clean up and maintenance, and of course planting days.

To register your interest please email Jess here (or copy the email below) or call 0438 671 356. We look forward to getting our gumboots on and exploring these sites with you!

The Recharge Farm projects at Mt Burr Swamp and Hutt Bay Wetland are supported by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board.

Jess Bourchier