Heart Morass at­tract­ing at­ten­tion and fund­ing

The Heart Morass in Gipp­s­land is al­ready a great story of hunters driv­ing real con­ser­va­tion out­comes and, as the wet­land thrives, it is throw­ing up new sto­ries to tell.

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Ja­panese film com­pany Hokkaido Tele­vi­sion Broad­cast­ing re­cently filmed part of a doc­u­men­tary on the latham’s snipe at Heart Morass. The latham’s snipe is a mi­gra­tory bird. It breeds in Hokkaido in north­ern Ja­pan and flies to the shal­low wet­lands of east­ern Aus­tralia to es­cape the colder months. It’s es­ti­mated that 30 000 birds re­main in the wild but num­bers are de­clin­ing, so sci­en­tists are try­ing to find out more about the route the birds take to Aus­tralia and their move­ments once they ar­rive. While the Heart Morass project has cre­ated habi­tat, the research aims to iden­tify where latham’s snipe habi­tat could be lost. Ja­panese re­searchers plan to track 18 birds from Hokkaido while Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts will track birds lo­cated in wet­lands around Can­berra to see where they go when they travel to Vic­to­ria.

Heart Morass Restora­tion Project is on­go­ing and a re­cent 2017 Gipp­s­land Lakes Com­mu­nity Grant of $30 000, funded by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment and dis­trib­uted through the Gipp­s­land Lakes Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee, will fund swamp scrub and wood­land restora­tion.

The project will work to re­store and en­hance a 65 ha area of de­graded swamp scrub and flood­plain ri­par­ian wood­land, build­ing on a decade of ac­tiv­i­ties to re­vive the wet­land near Sale.

Field & Game Aus­tralia rep­re­sen­ta­tives Gary Howard and Simon Web­ster at­tended a lun­cheon in Pay­nesville to ac­cept the grant on be­half of the WET Trust. The Heart Morass project is sup­ported by the Hugh D.T. Wil­liamson Foun­da­tion, Wa­ter­mark Inc., Bug Blitz and West Gipp­s­land Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity.

Gary Howard and Simon Web­ster

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