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Natural Wetlands



Natural wetlands have often been undervalued and regarded as areas to be drained for agricultural use or urban development.

However a wetland is nature’s equivalent to the human kidney, they purify and slow the flow of water off the land, controlling flood water and pollutants.

Wet areas with little or no wetland plants, like swamps, bogs, low lying land with patches of rushes, temporary ponds & watercourses can be good places to protect, enhance, restore or convert back into a wetland.



Protecting, restoring or enhancing a wetland increases the value of the land they are located on, by:

  • Facilitating subdivision/development – A wetland can be used to meet the local council requirements for subdivision/development. For example depending on your locality, an area of wetland as little as half a hectare would permit subdivision to create an additional title. Otherwise if a wetland is not used, 2 hectares of good quality existing native bush or up to 6 hectares of scattered native bush remnant would be needed.
  • Providing aesthetically pleasing surroundings – A wetland can enhance natural character and views providing for greater enjoyment of the land.
  • Improving water quality – A wetland can improve waterways by acting as a filter – trapping sediments, neutralising many toxins, absorbing damaging nutrients and oxygenating the water.
  • Continuous water source – A wetland can recharge streams and maintain a higher than normal groundwater table (particularly in summer) by soaking up surface water runoff and releasing it gradually, often leading to an increase in farm production of the surrounding areas.
  • Reducing flooding – Areas prone to flooding can use a wetland to soak up water like a sponge, lowering peak flows during a flood and reducing downstream erosion.
  • Providing wildlife habitats and corridors – A wetland can provide a habitat for native animals and plants. They are essential breeding and feeding grounds. Currently wetlands are home to 22% of native birds and 30% of native freshwater fish.
  • Providing recreational and educational experiences – When access is provided, a wetland can be used for fishing, shooting, bird watching, board walking, research, education and water sports.

There is a lot of information available on how to protect, restore and enhance wetlands. However because wetlands are complex and no two wetlands are exactly alike (the mix of plants and animals living in a wetland will vary with local conditions) it can be hard to identify what is exactly required.


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