Collaboration to build character of Ramsar Wetlands

North West NSW is home to the Gwydir Wetlands (the Gingham, Lower Gwydir and Mallowa watercourses) which are recognised locally, nationally and internationally as significant colonial waterbird breeding habitat. The purpose of this project is to reduce threatening processes impacting the wetlands and contribute to the recovery actions of the population of Australasian bittern.

The project will reduce weed threats particularly water hyacinth within the wetland area and deliver improved upstream and surrounding land management through the protection of ground cover, improved grazing and cropping practices and monitoring and control of invasive species. The project will also raise awareness of the Australasian bittern and habitat requirements. The project aims to manage over 390 hectares by securing agreements with landholders. Along with these actions, community awareness and landholder knowledge will be increased through one-on-one advice, events, and media.

Australasian bittern photo by Matt Herring
Photo by Matt Herring

This project commenced in July 2019 and will conclude in June 2023 and is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Project contact: Leonie Coleman 0448 475 838