Last year was very challenging for most field ecology projects. Travel restrictions and site access issues associated with the bushfires and the COVID pandemic meant that most of the field season was a write-off for a lot of projects. This summer we were able to get out and about a little more easily, so we … Continue reading Field update: monitoring lagoons biodiversity
The Dynamic Lagoons project team, in collaboration with Dr Sarah Mika at UNE, have just published a paper assessing how effective the current national environmental legislation (the EPBC Act) is at protecting threatened ecological communities like upland wetlands. The process of listing ecological communities for national protection has many flaws, including the restrictive condition thresholds … Continue reading New research on upland wetlands conservation
This video was made by one of our project partners, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, and features one of our team members, Dr John Hunter. The video explores the important ecological role of upland wetlands, the threats they face, and why fire can be so damaging to these unique ecosystems. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcSUQeF3qIs
(This article was originally published in The Armidale Express 13 May 2020) Have you ever noticed large, shallow wetlands scattered around the New England Tablelands? They cycle through wet and dry phases over time. Often a turtle can be seen fleeing towards them on a rainy day, or waterbirds will visit when they are inundated. … Continue reading Climate Matters: Dynamic Lagoons
(Originally published 10 April 2020) The Dynamic Lagoons Project launched on Saturday evening 22 February 2020, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees. This field day was the first step in our project to building knowledge and garnering public support to secure threatened Upland Wetlands on the Northern Tablelands. Around 80 people braved the cool summer … Continue reading Dynamic Lagoons Project Launch
Many people think wetlands are swamps or ponds that die when dry. But unlike many places worldwide, most Australian wetlands have natural wet-dry cycles, with dry spells that can last for decades. Dry phases are necessary for the life cycle of the wetland itself, as well as for many of the plants and animals that … Continue reading Why a wetland might not be wet
We are really excited to get started on our new Saving Our Species project focused on restoring upland wetlands in the New England bioregion. The NSW Government funds the statewide Saving our Species program, which aims to protect threatened species across the state. But it’s not just species that are at risk. Ecological communities, which … Continue reading What are Dynamic Lagoons?