CCMA events celebrate Ramsar Week

February 12, 2024 BY

A bird ID walk will be held at Lake Martin during Ramsar Week. Photos: SUPPLIED

CORANGAMITE Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) will host a series of events to celebrate the ecological significance of the Ramsar Wetlands.

From today (February 12) to February 16, CCMA will celebrate Ramsar Week and raise awareness of the importance and value of wetland habitats for humans and animal life.

CCMA manages the land, vegetation and water resources of two local Ramsar-listed wetland systems.

The wetlands cover 22,694 hectares of the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula and 32,898 hectares at Western District Lakes near Camperdown.

The week-long Ramsar Week celebrations will feature more than ten hands-on activities to get individuals up close with the wetlands.

A bird ID walk at Lake Martin and Avalon Saltworks, canoe tours of Swan Bay, Corangamite water skink surveying and an orange-bellied parrot information session will all feature.

CCMA project officer of biodiversity Rachel Beecham said the authority was thrilled to offer events to upskill those in the community.

“These sessions will help community gain valuable knowledge and tools to contribute to the preservation of these ecologically significant wetlands.”

“Ramsar Week is a testament to the commitment to environmental stewardship, inviting people to connect with the richness of the plants and diverse wildlife thriving in their local landscapes.”

For more information and to register your attendance, head to ccma.vic.gov.au/events