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Restoration & Monitoring

The restoration of the 8,750 hectare Wetlands is a project of International significance. The Reserve has 3800Ha of wetlands surrounded by 4,950Ha of red gum and box grassy woodlands, which includes 1850Ha of grazing land. The Restoration and monitoring of Winton Wetlands aims to enhance the natural regeneration of the site through research and practical implementation plans. A carefully planned but adaptive approach backed by the best science and monitoring is the key to our restoration successes. The Restoration and Monitoring Plan is the foundation document that guides restoration and the involvement of the best scientific minds ensures that our work is strategic and effective. In 2014 the Committee of Management appointed the Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel. Established to provide advice to the CoM on the best ways to address scientific, technical and research challenges and opportunities in the areas of ecological restoration, conservation and monitoring, land management and natural resource management, education and research strategy and RAMSAR listing.

Land Management

Land management activities focus on protecting and enhancing existing wetland, grassland and woodland vegetation, encouraging natural regeneration, managing pest plant, pest animal and aquatic species. Management tools include fire, slashing, spraying, compete planting, monitoring, research and grazing. These are all integrated to improve the overall biodiversity of the site. Land Management functions include;
  • Pest Animal Management
  • Fire Management
  • Grazing Management
  • Pest Plant Management
Asset and infrastructure development and maintenance.

Birds at Winton Wetlands

We’re constantly updating content on the website about birds of all kinds that you can see at the Wetlands. You might be interested in these…

Straw Necked Ibis

Birds of Prey

Did you know?

… that important revegetation work at Winton Wetlands has been paid for by fines against local polluters, in a scheme supported by EPA Victoria? …

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Yes, we have TURTLES!

In line with Turtle Month, Winton Wetlands has REAL LIVE TURTLES on hand this coming Saturday 25 November 2025 as part of the public open

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Rambling in the reeds

As part of Winton Wetlands Wild Week, we’ll be… Rambling in the Reeds! Come join us for a guided walk that will include latest news

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Release the growlers!

The first 30 native Growling Grass frogs that have been relocated from Coliban Water facilities near Bendigo to Winton Wetlands took an important step forward

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A huge thanks

A huge thanks to Our Lady’s Primary School Wangaratta, 59 Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 students who contributed to the restoration project last week

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