Marking the importance of wetlands

Farmers, land managers and scientists from the Arthur Rylah Institute (DELWP Biodiversity) have partnered to understand how different grazing practices can support healthy wetlands.

This collaborative research project highlights this year's World Wetlands Day theme, ‘Wetland action for people and nature’.

Researchers will monitor temporary wetlands on private farms to develop guidance to support Victoria’s incredible wetland plants and animals.

The project will help identify ways to improve grazing management and target future government investment in grazing management for healthy wetland outcomes.

Research lead, Dr Kaylene Morris, says, “almost 70% of Victoria’s wetlands are found on private land.

“Many of these are temporary, and during seasonal drying stages may look just like a basic paddock but support a large diversity of plants and animals during their wet phases.

“The actions of farmers in the way they graze wetlands is important in supporting Victoria’s biodiversity.

The project has implemented a robust, long-term monitoring design to untangle the influence of grazing from this natural variability.

This project is jointly funded through the Victorian Government’s four-year (2020-24) $248 million investment to improve the health of waterways and catchments and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

The project has been made possible through partnership with the Wimmera, Glenelg Hopkins, Corangamite, West Gippsland CMAs and participating landholders.