The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.CASS SAVELLIS July 22, 2014 3:54am
Native birds spotted enjoying the bird hide at the McFaull Park lagoon on Friday are a sign of restored balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project started in 2011.
Four lagoons — from Napier St through to the Bowling Club — were drained, cleaned of carp and rubbish and restocked with locally extinct native fish.
McFaull Park received a revamp with a bird hide, strategically placed wildlife refuges and native plants included.
The project — by Murray Catchment Management Authority (now Murray Local Land Services), Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre and local volunteers — will be rolled out to other areas.
Deniliquin scientist John Conallin, who instigated the project in his former role with the CMA, said ‘‘animal life in general has really increased since the restoration of the McFaull Park lagoon’’.
Currently based in Kenya, Dr Conallin keeps up to date on the local project.
‘‘After the lagoons were drained, the carp and redfin removed and the plants started to grow, we noticed a big increase in small native fish and yabby numbers,’’ he said.
‘‘This has obviously attracted a lot of shags (the black bird pictured), and pied cormorants (black and white bird), who like to eat them.
‘‘The refuge in the middle is the perfect place for the birds to sit, rest, and dry their wings. Every day you will see birds there, and best seen from the bird hide on the island.
‘‘People should also keep an eye out for water rats as they are also common in the McFaull Park lagoon, and love eating tabbies and small fish.
‘‘The water rats use the refuge to take tabbies to and eat them. The last time I was home in the warmer months I also noticed the turtles were back, and they use the refuge for sunning themselves and resting.
‘‘There is lots of information on the island, also accessible to people, and people should go down and enjoy the lagoon and its animals.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
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Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
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