Life thrives in wetlands

Published: 31 Jan 2020 2:47pm

Sunday 2 February is World Wetlands Day – a perfect time to discover Wagga’s own wetland, located minutes from the CBD.

The Marrambidya Wetland is a stunning 20-hectare reserve located alongside the Murrumbidgee River. It’s a place Environmental Education Officer Alice Kent is particularly fond of.

“The Marrambidya Wetland was created out of disused treatment ponds. It’s now providing an important habitat for migratory birds, as well as an increasing number of plants, animals and wildlife.

“It was amazing being down there in spring, it was just so beautiful seeing all the baby birds.”

The wetland is designed to replicate the natural water cycle with flooding during the winter months and dryer, low levels during summer.

“Aside from acting as a breeding ground, it’s also a huge educational tool – we take lots of school groups down to help connect the kids with nature. We have some bird hides set up, so you can ‘hide’ in there and look at the birds. There’s also a raised viewing platform. It really is a lovely space to visit,” Ms Kent said.

Keen to visit? The Marrambidya Wetland is located at 100 Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga. It’s open year-round and entry is free.

Find out more at wagga.nsw.gov.au/wetland

For more information about World Wetlands Day visit worldwetlandsday.org