Long Swamp Restoration Trial update – October 2017
We’re currently busy putting the final touches on an evaluation report that summarises everything we’ve learned about Long Swamp since NGT first became involved with restoration planning and action for this magnificent wetland in Discovery Bay Coastal Park in 2012. Hopefully we’ll be able to share the finished product with you soon…
In the mean time, last week I had the pleasure of showing our partners in the current project, the Glenelg Hopkins CMA and DELWP, around the restoration trial site. This gave us a chance to see how the swamp is looking, talk about the evaluation report and what might come next to more permanently consolidate the outcomes of the trial.
The Glenelg Hopkins CMA shared a short overview of the visit on their facebook page – you can see their post by clicking here.
On the ground, things are looking absolutely magnificent after another excellent season of winter and spring rainfall along the coast.
To illustrate the ecological changes that are unfolding, here is one of our photopoints (situated near the point where flows from Nobles Rocks are being diverted downstream into the wetlands of Long Swamp) which shows the transition of vegetation communities associated with the trial. In this case, an area of the swamp that was being invaded by shrubs, is reverting to a more aquatic, sedge-dominated habitat – indicative of a new trend that is now being observed over a significant area of Long Swamp upstream of the trial structure.