South Coast shorebird success and tales

This summer as the south coast welcomes a swathe of visitors to its beaches and lakes, spare a thought for the locals who call the coast home - the endangered beach-nesting birds.

A lagoon in the South Marsh, Macquarie Marshes

Water for the environment is helping to increase the resilience of the Macquarie Marshes – allowing the wetland to bounce back when larger, natural flows return to the river system. From the moment the water arrives, through its peak and its recession, native plants and animals are responding. Frogs and insects are the first to respond. There’s a flush of green as plants put on fresh growth, then the birds arrive and the fish move through. And there are flow-on benefits for nearby farmland as well.