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Inland waters and wetlands

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

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.

More about inland waters and wetlands

  • 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.

Key Threats

  • 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.

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25 May 2015

Parks Victoria is conducting an aerial shooting program in Murray Sunset National Park to reduce the number of feral goats. This program is the next step in over two decades of work to restore the Mallee landscape to its natural condition, following a century of stock grazing, timber removal and…

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11 Jun 2015 5:30pm-10:00pm

Evening departure from Melbourne for Woodlands Historic Park, for an exclusive experience led by a Conservation Volunteers Team Leader. We enjoy a light dinner before we learn about the Eastern Barred Bandicoot program under a star-studded sky, on a take a nocturnal spotlight walk through Woodlands Historic Park, and assist…

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24 Jun 2015 8:30am - 26 Jun 2015 5:30pm

Today the Hooded Plovers struggle to find a bit of undisturbed space on the beach to breed. Their numbers are declining because their nesting failure rate is 90-95% and too few young are added to the population to sustain it. Since 2006, BirdLife Australia has been working with volunteers, land…