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Taking to the wetlands

Taking to the water over summer means one thing for most of us, but for ARCUE’s Dr Andrew Hamer it means donning his waders and venturing out into Melbourne’s wetlands.

For the past six years Andrew has been monitoring 20 wetlands in the greater Melbourne region to assess the impact of urbanization on Chelodina longicollis, the common long-necked turtle, an Australian native species indigenous to Victoria.

Along with a team of EarthWatch Turtle on the move volunteers, Dr Hamer has been measuring the turtles to determine their size and an approximate age, and assess the population density of the turtles and their viability at each site.

Monitoring sites are widespread throughout Melbourne and include Bundoora Park in the north and Elsternwick Park in the south.

And, the long-necked turtle isn’t the only creature you’ll discover on our wetlands.

This World Wetlands Day why not get out and take a closer look at life on the wetlands at Melbourne Gardens or the Wylies Creek Wetlands (one of the 20 turtle monitoring sites) at Cranbourne Gardens?

Look below the surface and you’ll discover all manner of aquatic life as well as an abundance of water birds above the surface.

We invite budding photographers to celebrate World Wetlands Day by posting their images with #rbgvwetlands as part of our World Wetlands Day photographic competition.