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    Upland Wetland Project Results at Public Workshop

    Billy Bung Lagoon photo by John Hunter320Do you know what an upland wetland is? Do you know why they are important? Upland wetlands (or montane lagoons) are restricted to the high altitude areas of the New England bioregion generally above 900 metres. They are found on drainage depressions on flat to undulating plateaus and are not connected to rivers or streams. 

    Image courtesy of John Hunter.

    Upland wetlands are habitat gems in the landscape and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has been working on a project, funded by NSW Catchment Action, over several years to monitor wetland condition and to balance production and conservation where upland wetlands occur.

    They represent unique vegetation communities that are extremely limited in their distribution. They are of great importance because of the unique habitat and drought refuge they provide for native flora and fauna, including waterbirds like Australian painted snipe, Australasian bittern, Brolga, Eastern curlew, Freckled duck and White-bellied sea eagles. Upland wetlands also provide important services such as recharging groundwater supplies.

    Northern Tablelands Local Land Services and expert ecologist Dr John Hunter are offering the community a fresh look at these often misunderstood ecosystems at a series of information sessions. These sessions will look at the results of the ongoing monitoring project and how landuse practice determines their health in our region.

    Dates and venues:

    Armidale: Tuesday 31 July 2018 from 10.30am – 12pm at Armidale City Bowling Club

    Glen Innes: Wednesday 1 August 2018 from 10.30am – 12pm at Glen Innes & District Services Club

    Inverell: Thursday 2 August 2018 from 10:30am – 12pm at Inverell RSM Club

    Come along for a light lunch and an interesting discussion about the Upland Wetland project to date and how you can help improve their recoverability and persistence in the landscape.

    The information sessions are free – but please RSVP to Martin Dillon to assist with catering on 02 6770 2000 or martin.dillon@lls.nsw.gov.au 

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