Macquarie Marshes Ramsar site: Article 3.2 response strategy

A notification of likely change in ecological character of the Macquarie Marshes Ramsar site was submitted to the Ramsar Secretary General on 17 July 2009 under Article 3.2 of the Ramsar Convention. This change can best be described as a ‘likely change’ from a semi-permanent wetland system to an ephemeral wetland system in parts of the Ramsar site.

1 March 2013
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISBN 978-1-74359-008-9
  • ID OEH20130104
  • File PDF 842KB
  • Pages 32
  • Name macquarie-marshes-ramsar-site-response-strategy-130104.pdf

The Macquarie Marshes are located in the lower reaches of the Macquarie River in central west New South Wales, and stretch north of the township of Warren. The extent of the greater Macquarie Marshes (approximately 200,000 hectares) is defined by flood patterns and vegetation types. The Marshes include areas inundated by flows from the Macquarie River and its distributary streams and anabranches, including Marebone Break, Bulgeraga Creek, Buckiinguy Creek, Monkeygar Creek, Old Macquarie River, Bora Channel, the Ginghet, Mullins Swamp, Gum Cowal–Terrigal Creek to its confluence with Marthaguy Creek, Long Plain Cowal and Dusty Swamp.

The Macquarie Marshes Ramsar site was designated in 1986 and covers about 10% of the area of the Marshes. The Ramsar site contains core areas of semi-permanent wetland vegetation, sites of great importance for waterbird breeding, and habitat for a large number of wetland-dependent faunal species. Sections of the site are on private properties used for sustainable cattle grazing on native pastures.