Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands

Edithvale South Wetland

Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands

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    261 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    38°04'S 145°08'E
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The Site is composed of two wetlands (Edithvale Wetland and Seaford Wetland) with similar morphology and ecological characteristics, which are remnants of the Carrum Carrum Swamp, which was drained in the late 19th century. The Site has undergone extensive rehabilitation and management, and provides numerous services such as storm water management and environmental research to an urban community near Melbourne. It comprises a mosaic of habitats for waterbirds that include deeper and more shallow open water, exposed mudflats, emergent marsh vegetation, open pasture and fringing woody vegetation. There are two threatened waterbird species found, the Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) and the curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), while eight other shorebirds that migrate on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway regularly breed at the Site. The ecological characteristics of the Site have not changed since its listing as a Wetland of International Importance in 2001. Several monitoring and conservation activities have been implemented by Melbourne Water with active community engagement through the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Community Liaison Committee. A management and restoration plan for the Site is in place.

Administrative region: 
Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Area

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