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Gunbower Forest Ramsar Wetlands

Gunbower Forest Ramsar Wetlands

Gunbower Forest is a Ramsar-listed site and is a priority environmental asset of local, regional, national and international importance. It is also highly valued by the local community.

This project is funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme until 2018 and complements previous works projects in the area.

It aims to enhance biodiversity values of the site by reducing the damage from stock grazing and the impact of threatening pests (Weeds of National Significance and other priority weeds; pest animals such as rabbits, foxes and carp).


Populations of two threatened wetland flora species have been reintroduced into suitable wetland habitats and protection work will continue to ensure the establishment of these species.

A research partnership is in place with the University of Western Sydney which aims to reduce the impact of foxes on threatened turtle species on Gunbower Island.

The project has a strong focus on using local knowledge to deliver on-ground works and community engagements activities, done through the establishment of a Gunbower Island Community Reference Group, which guides the delivery of innovative and educational community engagements activities and on ground works.

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