The Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Ramsar Site was listed in 2001.
The Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands are located in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs approximately 30 km from Melbourne.
The site is comprised of two separate wetlands: Edithvale and Seaford. The wetlands are the last remaining significant examples of the Carrum Carrum Swamp which was largely drained in the nineteenth century.
The Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands:
- assist in the natural control of flooding
- support foraging and potential breeding habitat for the nationally endangered Australasian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus)
- support more than 1 per cent of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway population of the migratory shorebird Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)
The land in the Ramsar site is owned by Melbourne Water and the Frankston City Council. Melbourne Water takes the lead in managing the Ramsar site.
The Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority is responsible for catchment management in the region.
Ramsar site documents
Requests for the management plan should be directed to Melbourne Water
The Edithvale-Seaford Ramsar Information Sheet can be found by visiting the Australian Ramsar Wetlands page on the Australian Government Department of the Environment website.
Image: Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands waterfowl (2012), Source: Y. Baker
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