Saltmarsh Biodiversity Workshop: 27th June, Bermagui

Coastal Saltmarsh is an endangered vegetation community.
Join us for an outdoor workshop in Bermagui to learn more.

Wednesday 27th June
10:00am - 12:30pm

 

What makes Saltmarsh special?

Saltmarsh communities dominate the upper intertidal zone, as few other plant species can survive the harsh hypersaline conditions found there. Common characteristics of saltmarsh include a mix of salt tolerant groundcovers, grasses and succulent herbs.

Saltmarsh act like natural filters, slowing down and trapping sediments and nutrients from entering the water column. Yet Saltmarsh is fragile, and easily damaged.

Saltmarsh supports a range of birdlife including migratory species like the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica).

 Bar-tailed Godwit flock, Merimbula.  Recorded in  NatureMapr   by Steve Burrows, July 2017.

Bar-tailed Godwit flock, Merimbula. Recorded in NatureMapr by Steve Burrows, July 2017.

Saltmarsh plant communities are also important for many fish and invertebrate species, as nursery habitats and as feeding grounds. 

  Mictyris longicarpus  (Soldier Crab), Bermagui.  Recorded on  NatureMapr   by Max Campbell, April 2018.

Mictyris longicarpus (Soldier Crab), Bermagui. Recorded on NatureMapr by Max Campbell, April 2018.


Workshop program: 27th June, 10:00am - 12:30pm

  • Learn about the value of Coastal Saltmarsh and other Endangered Ecological Communities from local botanist Jackie Miles
  • Learn how to record nature sightings through the Atlas of Life and NatureMapr 
  • Find out how you can become involved in local dunecare / coastcare activities

Meet at Bermagui Country Club car park (Fisherman's Wharf end), 10am
Residents and regular visitors to the area are all most welcome. Refreshments and morning tea will be provided. 


Essential: sturdy footware, outdoors attire

Optional: camerasmart phone with NatureMapr app; tablet (e.g iPad) with either NatureMapr app a web browser window. 



For further queries, please contact Andrew Morrison, Bega Valley Shire Council (02 64992447)

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