Gwydir Wetlands open to the public

The Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area (SCA), near Moree, is open to the public from now until the end of May as bird life returns to this internationally recognised wetland.

Black winged stilts (Himantopus himantopus) in flight, Gwydir Wetlands near Moree.

Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Senior Wetlands Conservation Officer, Daryl Albertson, said that visiting the wetland is a unique experience that shouldn't be missed.

"It corresponds with a season of environmental water releases and allows the visiting public to see first-hand the extraordinary response of the water birds to water flows in a wetland environment," Mr Albertson said.

"Since records began in the 1920s at least 75 waterbird species have been recorded in the Gwydir Wetlands including colonies of straw-necked ibis, intermediate egrets, glossy ibis and nankeen night-herons," he said.

"A bird hide is located at the 'Waterbird Lagoon' for birdwatching and a toilet is provided for the comfort and convenience of visitors.

"I encourage members of the public interested in birdlife to take the opportunity to visit the wetlands before the end of May 2016," Mr Albertson said.

The Gwydir Wetlands lies on the Gwydir River floodplain 60km west of Moree. Part of it is now under public management as the Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area.

Access is available for the day during dry weather. No overnight camping is permitted on the State Conservation Area, however there are facilities close by at a local property called 'Boyanga South'.

There are also some remote cameras located on 'Waterbird lagoon' which people can check the wetland remotely at www.rmcam.com.au. The username is Gwydir Waterbirds and password 1234.

Please check in with either the local Moree visitor information centre (02) 6757 3350 Narrabri Area National Parks and Wildlife Service office (02) 6792 7300 or 'Boyanga South' (02) 6753 3252 for current conditions.

Contact: Polly Epov