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Protecting the wetlands in your paddocks

Wetlands in paddocks are important wetlands in the Limestone Coast and are integral to farm health and the environment. These wetlands keep water in our landscape and recharge our aquifers. They can regulate our climate by minimising bushfire risks and supporting drought resilience. They store carbon and support agricultural production by providing summer grazing, and habitat for pollinators and predators of insect pests.

But the number and area of wetlands in our landscape is declining.

Access local knowledge to protect the wetlands in your paddocks

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board will work with you to preserve the wetlands on your property for healthy landscapes and productivity.

If you are seeking to:

  • Keep water on your land to reinstate ecological and hydrological processes. 
  • Fence a wetland on your property to keep stock out.
  • Reverse past farming activities, for example, by filling in drains.
  • Plant native wetland species in a wetland on your property.
  • Limit or eliminate pesticide use near your wetland.

Contact our local Wetland Restoration Ecologist today

Undertaking your own wetland protection

There are many things you can do on your property to protect the puddles in your paddocks. This includes:

  • Avoiding ploughing, draining or disturbing the bed of these wetlands, even when they are dry. Disturbance destroys the seed and egg banks of wetland species. Disturbing bodies of water may be a water affecting activity and subject to approvals. 
  • Avoiding spraying near wetland. Pesticides and herbicides will kill many wetland plants and beneficial insects.
  • Controlling pests such as foxes and feral deer.
  • Managing stock grazing when wet to reduce the impacts to wetland vegetation. Pugging can lead to loss of wetland species and turbidity.