Inland waters and wetlands
What are inland waters and wetland ecosystems?
Victoria has a rich variety of inland and estuarine aquatic environments, including flowing waters such as creeks, streams and rivers; and standing waters such as lakes and wetlands. These waters can be permanent or ephemeral, such as intermittently flooded wetlands and red gum floodplains.
Inland waters and wetlands provide habitat for a variety of animals. Some species such as fish and frogs require water throughout their life cycle, some may use aquatic areas for a specific stage of their life cycle (e.g. birds and amphibians), while others may require aquatic environments for resources such as food or as a corridor for movement. The right conditions can result in large and spectacular breeding colonies.
The forest canopy of tall eucalypts, large wattles and broad-leafed shrubs supports 80 per cent of Victoria's possums, gliders and bats and most of the common forest birds and arboreal skinks. The river banks and the rivers themselves support a vast range of invertebrates providing a food source for many native species, including platypus and water rats, kingfishers and swallows, frogs, fish, water skinks and snakes.
Inland waters and wetlands facts
- There are over 17,000 wetlands larger than 1ha in Victoria
- Inland waters and wetlands, coupled with the surrounding land, support natural processes that purify water while cycling nutrients and sediments
- They provide important focal points for recreation, tourism and cultural enrichment.
- Changes to flow regimes
- Frequency and intensity of flooding – flooding is necessary to provide moisture for the germination and survival of red gum seeds
- Particularly prone to weed invasion.
Where do I find inland waters and wetlands?
Find out more
Enviro Activ Wetlands – Videos, photos and information about Victoria’s wetlands.
Melbourne Museum – Coastal wetlands in Victoria – Information about Victoria’s coastal wetlands and a video about wetland birds.
Make a movie about wetlands
Parks Victoria’s Enviro Activ website has over 70 videos and 250 photos of wetlands around Victoria. You can use these for any educational purpose. The website has comprehensive information about wetlands as well as information about how you can make your own wildlife video. For teachers, there is also resources for you to use with your students.
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A group of 260 year 8 students and their teachers from Ivanhoe Grammar School have just completed a huge project to help tackle weeds in the Grampians National Park with Conservation Volunteers. During the past two months, groups of students spent fifteen days volunteering with Parks Victoria and Conservation Volunteers as part …
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The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress …
1 Jul 2013 9:00am - 28 Jul 2013 5:00pm
View some inspiring works of art and photography developed by students from Rosebud Secondary College, under the guidance of local artist mentors, during a recent immersive youth arts workshop at Point Nepean. Artwork is on show daily between 9am and 5pm at Hospital 3 within the Quarantine Station. iConnect - Young …
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Thanks to David Flagg, Ranger at You Yangs Regional Park, for sharing his pictur...Thanks to David Flagg, Ranger at You Yangs Regional Park, for sharing his picture of Big Rock on sunset. Beautiful!View post | Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18.07
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Park rangers have been busy spreading important public safety information to vis...Park rangers have been busy spreading important public safety information to visitors with heavy rainfall predicted across many areas of the state over the next few days. Pictured here is Ranger in Charge Ben Robertson speaking to campers at Wilsons Promontory National Park, one of the areas expected to receive significant rainfall. Please take care if you’re planning on getting out and about in Victoria’s parks and forests as many tracks, trails and visitor sites may be impacted by the wet conditions. For more info go to http://bit.ly/11G9uC3View post | Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16.08
We are constantly humbled by the beautiful and majestic surrounds we work in. Me...We are constantly humbled by the beautiful and majestic surrounds we work in. Media Relations Officer Sally Nowlan had the chance to get closer to nature on a recent trip to East Gippsland. Sally’s pictured here at the end of the Errinundra Old Growth Walk.View post | Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15.27