Birds of a Feather Flock Together in the Macquarie Marshes
A success story of natural inundation and effective water management
The winter–spring period of 2016 saw above average rainfall and river flows in the Macquarie valley, resulting in a significant waterbird breeding event.
- 10 March 2017
- Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Fact sheet
The Macquarie Marshes are a large and diverse wetland system on the lower floodplain of the Macquarie River 100 kilometres north-west of Dubbo. The Marshes provide essential habitat for hundreds of species of animals and plants, creating refuges in dry times and breeding habitats in wet times.
Mapping by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) indicates that a total area of 154,000 hectares was inundated across the northern, southern and eastern Macquarie Marshes in winter-spring 2016.