Reintroducing Ephemeral Wetlands into our Landscapes

Jul 19, 2023History

Ephemeral wetlands were once common on the Victorian Volcanic Plains. In 2021, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Narrap Rangers team constructed two frog bogs in Steele Creek Linear Park. The wetlands replace boggy areas of non-endemic grasses adjacent to Steele Creek. These ephemeral wetlands will provide a link between isolated frog and macro-invertebrate populations in Keilor Park to the north and Keilor East to the south. The wetlands will also function as an outdoor classroom for students to encounter nature and to develop an understanding of pondage, billabongs and ephemeral wetlands. Our long-term goal is to establish a series of ephemeral wetlands along the length of the Steele Creek corridor. Tadpoles need warm, shallow and clean water to develop. Unfortunately, run off from Melbourne Airport’s runways, freeways and local roads have heavy metals and hydrocarbons that kill native fish and microorganisms, tadpoles and young water bugs e.g. dragonfly and damselfly nymphs.

Planting Frog Bog May 2021