Managing Wetlands of International Importance: Fivebough and Tuckerbil Swamps, southern New South Wales, Australia

Mike Schultz, Iain Taylor, Phillip Green

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Abstract

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Swamps support an exceptionally high diversity and abundance of waterbirds including seven species listed as threatened within New South Wales, five species exceeding 1% of their total global population and 24 listed under the Japan-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA) and/or the China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA). The swamps are Crown Land administered by the New South Wales State Department of Lands (formerly Dept. of Land and Water Conservation). Since 2000 management of the swamps has been the responsibility of the Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands Trust, a non-profit making community organisation with members from Friends of Fivebough, the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists, the local Wiradjuri community, Leeton Shire Council, Murrumbidgee Irrigation, Charles Sturt University and Australian and NSW Government agencies. The Trust successfully nominated the swamps for Ramsar listing in 2002, produced a management plan, and raised funding for, and implemented, management actions. The main management approaches have included zoning of Fivebough Swamp and the use of a variety of controlled grazing regimes with some areas ungrazed, to create a diversity of wetland habitats. Facilities, including walking trails, observation points and interpretive material have been provided for visitors. Management has resulted in a significant increase in the abundance of many species, including several nationally rare species. Community-based management has also enhanced local public perceptions of the conservation and economic values of the wetlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWetlands of the Murrumbidgee River Catchment
Subtitle of host publicationPractical management in an altered environment
EditorsS.G. Taylor
Place of PublicationLeeton, New South Wales, Australia
PublisherFivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands Trust
Pages158-171
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780646470351
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventMurrumbidgee Wetlands Forum - Leeton, New South Wales, Australia, Australia
Duration: 22 Nov 200624 Nov 2006

Conference

ConferenceMurrumbidgee Wetlands Forum
CountryAustralia
Period22/11/0624/11/06

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