Tasmania is home to a diverse range of wetland habitats; from rare sphagnum bogs in our highlands region to coastal marshes that support a host of bird species, Tasmania has proportionally more wetlands for its size than any other Australian state – and in the Southern region alone there are four Ramsar-listed wetlands and 27 wetlands on the Directory of Important Wetlands Australia.
Often regarded as wasteland areas to be drained or filled-in for other purposes, wetlands are in fact some of the most productive habitats on the planet. Not only are they an essential part of the global water cycle, wetlands provide water resources for crops, wildlife, stock and people, help to regulate the flow of water and nutrients through the landscape, store carbon, are an important habitat for many species – including migratory birds, and act as the breeding grounds for many of our fish stocks. However, despite the overwhelming benefits we get from these environments it’s estimated that we’ve lost around 65% of the world’s wetlands since 1990.
Join us to celebrate these special ecosystems with a fun, family friendly and free community event.
Saturday 2 February 2019
Dodges Ferry Primary School 10 am – 3.00pm.
- Free BBQ
- Free kids activities and face painting
- Art and craft stalls and displays
- Live music
- Food and coffee vans
- Tours of the local area with experts in birdlife, frogs, saltmarshes, climate change, waterbugs and more
- Aboriginal cultural tours
- short talks by scientists and artists inspired by wetlands.
Click on the event flier below for all the information.