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Students research during 2008 led them to consider the plight of the Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon, an endangered native fish. They identified a need for clean, easily monitored natural environments to house these fish.

 

Students suggested that Warradale develop a Wetlands environment to answer this need.  Some under-utilized school land was identified and there was sufficient storm water from roof run off to develop this environment in partnership with Warradale Urban Camp School, Natural Resource Management Board (NRMB), Trees for Life, Bunnings, Bendigo Bank and Marion Council.

 

In November 2009 the wetlands was planted with the help of our Trees for Life grower, NRMB, students, parents and local business partners.  Within weeks we noticed an increase in birdlife in and around the wetlands and over the summer holidays the local provenance plants grew quickly.  Some macro invertebrates have been introduced to the water and we are working with the NRMB to develop water quality for the introduction of native fish, including the Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon.  These fish were introduced to the ponds in 2010 and have multiplied. The aim is to grow a sufficient stock of fish to be re-released back into the Murray River System.

 

During 2010, teachers worked to develop learning units based in the wetlands and a student team maintained the area.


A series of activity sheets have been developed by the teachers for class use as part of the Science program. The Wetlands is also available to visiting schools and community groups by negotiation.

 

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