Moulting Lagoon

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Moulting Lagoon

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    4,507 ha
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    42°01'S 148°10'E
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Moulting Lagoon Nature Reserve. 16/11/82; Tasmania; 4,507 ha; 42°02'S 148°10'E. Crown Land, Game Reserve. A large estuary at the mouths of the Swan and Apsley Rivers adjacent to, and contiguous with, the Apsley Marshes Ramsar site. The lagoon, plus several sections of coastal reserve surrounding it, and an additional area of dry land 1 km north, comprises the Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve. Moulting Lagoon is an excellent example of a large estuary formed behind a bayhead sandspit and is one of only two such areas in the Tasmanian Drainage Division, furthermore, the estuary is recognised as one of high conservation significance for Tasmania. The site provides an important resting and breeding ground and an important drought refuge for about one hundred resident and migratory birds species such as the Australian shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides) and the Black Swan (Cygnus atratus). The site is used for recreational shooting, fishing and boating, aquaculture and off-road driving. The surrounding area is used for grazing, residential development, mining, aquaculture and recreation. Both the site and the surrounding area have Aboriginal and European cultural significance. Ramsar site no. 251. Most recent RIS information: 2013.

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