Wetlands

Wetlands are the ‘kidneys’ of the estuary and contain an assortment of plant life including sedges, rushes, reeds, herbs, shrubs and trees.

Bluehave wetlands

Photo: Bluehaven wetlands

 

Facts

  • They filter nutrients and sediments from stormwater runoff and creek inflows
  • Help reduce flooding by slowing the water down
  • Provide habitat, shelter and breeding grounds for fish, birds and plants
  • Prevent excessive algal growth downstream

Threats

  • Almost 50% of Wyong Shire wetlands have been destroyed since European settlement
  • Draining, clearing, grazing and pollution all affect the health of our wetlands

What can you do?

  • Reduce the impacts of stormwater by installing a water tank at home  and minimising the amount of paved areas in your yard
  • Use only native plants between urban areas and bushland
  • Do not raise, lower or disturb soils within any wetland areas
  • Only mow in areas cleared for bushfire protection
  • Join or start a Landcare group to help care for wetlands in your area

Wild about wetlands

If you're wild about wetlands, download our wetland illustration to see how many plants and animals you can find. This illustration can be seen on wetland signage around the Blue Haven Wetland.

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