World Wetlands Day has been once again, celebrating the vital role wetlands for people and our planet.

DELWP’s Water and Catchments Group help deliver a variety of monitoring programs that demonstrate how biodiverse wetlands can be including those through the Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI).

One such program is the Wetlands Intervention Monitoring Program (WIMP), which involved using motion cameras at a Tiverton wetland, located in the western plains of Victoria, to assess how effective different management actions are in improving the health of Victoria’s wetlands.

The program is currently assessing the effectiveness of different methods of managing livestock in wetlands.

It is an important part of wetland monitoring because while heavy grazing by livestock often does damages the condition of wetlands, it is also known that in some situations grazing by livestock can be beneficial.

WIMP’s mission is understanding if there is a ‘goldilocks zone’ where the benefits of grazing can be optimized, and how this varies in different wetland vegetation communities.

A camera was placed on a corner fence post, which provided the perfect perch for witnessing an amazing array of wildlife.

At least fifteen species were detected including swamp harriers, brown falcon, nankeen kestrels, Australian pipits, what-faced chats, magpie larks, ravens, white faced herons, white-necked herons, straw necked ibis, magpies, brown song larks, willy wagtails as well as a barn owl and a bat species.

An Australian magpie sits on a perch in a wetland A raven sits on a perch in a wetland

WIMP represents one of DELWP’s programs that aims to inform improved management of our beautiful wetlands.

To learn more about the role wetlands play in our environment visit DELWP’s ARI website and for more about the importance of World Wetlands Day, visit the water website and watch the video below to see some of the guests.