Come and see the waterbirds

The Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area (SCA) is now open to the public. The internationally recognised wetland, near Moree, is throwing open its gates until the end of October.

Breeding magpie geese (Anseranas semipalmata) in flight, Gingham watercourse

The opening coincides with a season of environmental water releases managed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Senior Wetlands Conservation Officer Daryl Albertson said it was an opportunity for people to see first-hand the remarkable response of these wetlands to water flows.

'The Gwydir wetlands are becoming a major regional attraction as the opening periods for sites become more widely known,' Mr Albertson said.

'Visitors can expect to see a range of colonially-nesting species including straw-necked Ibis, intermediate egrets, glossy ibis and nankeen night-herons.A bird-hide is located at the 'Waterbird Lagoon', where daytime visitors can observe the wetlands birdlife.'

'I would encourage anyone interested in the wetlands and birdlife to take the opportunity to visit this fantastic wetland,' he said.

Daytime access is available during dry weather. No overnight camping is permitted, however there are facilities close by at a local property called 'Boyanga South'.

Visitors are requested to check in with either the local Moree Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6757 3350; Narrabri Area NPWS Office on (02) 6792 7300) or 'Boyanga South' on (02) 6753 3252 for current conditions.