Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve
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- Established:September 1964
Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve consists of freshwater marsh, red gum woodland and grasslands. The wetland is listed as a RAMSAR site, meaning it is recognised for its international importance in the protection to the loss of wetlands. Sale Common plays an important role in the purifying of water and as flood modifiers in the region. It is now possible to see the marshes and wetlands as they once might have been.
The unique history of the Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve can be seen as you stroll along the many kilometres of tracks and boardwalks. The interpretive signage trail highlights the importance of this area to the Gunaikurnai people, the uses of the land during early European settlement as well as present day uses including commercial harvesting of eels for eating and European carp supplied to the fertiliser industry.
The tracks and boardwalks lead you on an adventure through varying habitat from islands, reed beds and swamps. These habitats also provide a wonderful environment for a large variety of birds. These may include migratory birds from as far away as Japan.
The Billabong is an area of permanent deep water and is an ideal habitat for fish, providing birds a great feeding area.
As you exit the Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve to the south you will be nearing another important attraction, the historic Swing Bridge, which is still in operation today.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Gunaikurnai identify the Sale Common Nature Conservation Reserve as their Traditional Country. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria