wanderings in the wetlands

Tuesday 2nd February was World Wetlands Day, recognising the importance of these magnificent water bodies around the world and their importance, particularly the big ‘Ramsar’ wetlands, for migratory shorebirds, as vital breeding and feeding sites. Ramsar sites in Australia include the Coorong in South Australia, Eighty Mile beach in Broome and Moreton Bay in Queensland. With wetlands globally under increasing pressure from development, climate change and other threats, it is more important than ever to recognise the value of these unique ecosystems, big and small. So, this issue, the focus is on the wonderful small, constructed wetlands at The Cape, the important role they play in ‘our’ local ecosystem and what fauna and flora has been observed in the short time since they were built.

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