Protecting valuable wetlands
More than 60 hectares of riparian habitat and floodplain forest will be restored and protected thanks to a new project between WetlandCare Australia and landholders in Bungawalbin.
The Bungawalbin sub catchment, between Coraki and Whiporie, contains significant areas of high conservation value wetlands and supports numerous threatened species such as the black-necked stork, giant barred frog and koala.
Landholders involved will voluntarily enter into Land Management Agreements which will formalise their commitment to look after important wetland habitat on their land. As part of the project, funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, WetlandCare Australia and landholders will help to construct more than 2km of fencing around sensitive areas and around 4km of the Bungalwalbin Creek will be fenced off to prevent the impacts of grazing, which include soil erosion, nutrient input, destruction of native vegetation and the introduction of weeds.
Invasive weeds that choke up waterways and reduce water quality will be manually removed while pig and cane toad trapping will be used to reduce the environmental damage caused by these pests.