Wetlands are beautiful natural areas which are covered with water for some period of time. They are vitally important habitats for the health of our environment and support a wide variety of native plant and animal species.
CEN's Wetland Education Project seeks to raise public awareness of wetland habitats and increase community participation in wetland protection. The project focuses on wetlands on the Central Coast and in Lake Macquarie, and involves a targeted education program for three priority wetland sites.
This wetland website has been developed as part of the Wetland Education Project and can be accessed to find information on a particular wetland such as its size, ecological value, whether it contains endangered plants or animals, what threatens the wetland, its location, and how individuals can become involved in wetland care.
To find out more about a wetland near you, use the Wetlands Search Tool .
Send us your Wetland Photo's
If you have new and/or additional information about a wetland you know,
download the updating_wetland_info_form.pdf, fill in all the details
and then either fax or mail the form to:
Community Environment Network
PO Box 149 OURIMBAH NSW 2258
Fax: 4349 4755
A small population of Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius, has etched out a living around the Brisbane Water, on the Central Coast of NSW, for decades. There remain possibly only 15 to 20 individuals living around the foreshore in the grassy layer beneath the trees, and even on the streets. It is hoped that with direct action, monitoring and partnerships with passionate stakeholders, that we can help this small population remain viable into the long term.
The Friends of the Bush Stone-curlew, is a passionate group of volunteers who have been actively monitoring the BSc populaton for over ten years.
What do we love about this bird?
It's quirky, in fact fascinating to watch, particularly at breeding season when it's courtship dance would stop any passerby in its tracks. Its haunting night-time call is perhaps a reminder that all is well in nature. All who connect with these birds find them charismatic, amusing and, well, life just wouldn't be the same without them! Not just all this but that these birds are a natural part of the Brisbane Water ecosystem means they have an intrinsic value just being there.
Volunteers are invited to participate in bi-annual surveys around the Brisbane Water to help the group estimate the number of individual birds in the population.
To learn about the Bush Stone-curlew Recovery Plan download Recovery Plan
The Eco Garden is a learning place to demonstrate organic and water wise gardening, creating habitat for local flora and fauna; utilising composting, worm-farming, energy and water conservation techniques.
The garden is in an on-going state of development. The garden is located next to Kariong Progress Hall in Dandaloo St, Kariong. Our thanks to Gosford City Council for their support and permission to use this site.
The Kariong Eco Garden is hosted by the Community Environment Network.
Where is this Eco Garden?
Dandaloo Street, Kariong (corner Woy Woy Road), adjacent to the rear tennis court.