How to transform a swamp into a flourishing wetland in just five years


In a world where so many of our natural places are degrading it is hopeful to hear of a water catchment that is not only recovering but flourishing.

For two centuries the Walker swamp in the Southern Grampians Region was grazed, drained and finally became a blue gum plantation. In the past five years local ecologists have restored the dusty damaged land into a flourishing wetland now abundant with native plants and animals.

Many of species returning to the wetland are endangered or threatened, and endemic to the area. It is a good reminder of the possibilities of catchment restoration (both urban and regional) and how transformative returning water to the environment can be.

Read the ABC article on how a committed team of ecologists and volunteers transformed a degraded swamp into a wildlife sanctuary