North Gardens Wetlands
BIRD: linking the biodiversity community
The North Gardens Wetlands are an extenstion of the Lake Wendouree North Gardens precinct running adjacent to Gregory Street, Ballarat. The wetland was constructed early in the 21st Century.
The guiding idea behind the wetlands was to combine a need to filter stormwater entering Lake Wendouree from the surrounding suburbs with a desire to recreate an environment suited to native flora and fauna. On the whole, the revegetation has been very successful. There is, however, an obvious need for follow-up work to remove weeds, in particular blackberries.
A diverse range of wetland birds have taken advantage of the newly restored habitat, including Latham's Snipe, Black-tailed Native Hens, Ballion's and Australian Spotted Crakes, a small range of honeyeaters, and many more common wetland species.