The Kerang Wetlands Ramsar Site was listed in 1982.
The Ramsar site consists of a system of 23 freshwater and saline wetlands on the lower floodplain of the Loddon and Avoca rivers and is recognised for its diversity of wetland types.
The site is located in northern Victoria near Kerang, 300 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.
The wetlands in the Ramsar site form part of a much larger system of over 100 wetlands.
- regularly supports over 20,000 waterbirds
- is an important area for waterbird breeding with 28 different species recorded as nesting in the site.
- Middle Reedy Lake and Hird Swamp in the site support large breeding colonies of straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) and Australian white ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
- Third Marsh support breeding colonies of cormorants and spoonbills.
Threatened species also occur in the Ramsar site such as the nationally endangered Australian painted snipe (Rostratula australis) and the nationally vulnerable growling grass frog (Litoria raniformis).
The North Central Catchment Management Authority is responsible for catchment and waterway management in the region.
Ramsar site documents
The Kerang Wetlands Ramsar Site information sheet can be found by visiting the Australian Ramsar Wetlands page on the Australian Government Department of Environment website. An updated ecological character description will be available on the Department of Environment's website soon.
Image: Kerang Racecourse (2009), Source: DEPI