World Wetlands Day


Celebrating World Wetlands Day 2020

A century ago, wetlands were found in most of the bays and coves up and down the Derwent. Most of these wetlands were filled in over time, to make way for buildings, factories, parks, and even tips. Today, only a few of these wetlands remain, and some are highly modified. In Glenorchy City examples of remnant wetlands can be found at Granton (Goulds Lagoon), and Claremont (Windermere Bay Saltmarsh), and in small pockets along the Derwent foreshore.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February each year. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Iran 1971.

Wetlands are rich with biodiversity, and are important areas for feeding, nesting, and breeding of resident and migratory birds. Wetlands also support a multitude of reptiles, frogs, insects, and play a critical role as fish nurseries.

Wetlands act as natural sponges, absorbing flood waters, and filtering out sediments, and other pollutants. They are also highly effective in trapping and storing carbon from the atmosphere - serving as an offset to climate change. 

To celebrate World Wetlands Day this year, Glenorchy City Council are hosting a free 'early birds' guided tour around Goulds Lagoon. Find out more about wetlands in Glenorchy City, and learn about Councils efforts to restore native vegetation around the lagoon and protect local wetland habitats. Bring your camera or binoculars and see how many birds you can spot. Participants will get a free 'Birds of Goulds Lagoon' guide to take home.

The 'early birds' guided tour of Gould Lagoon will start at 8.30am Sunday 2 February at the Goulds Lagoon Carpark in Hestercombe Road, Granton.

For more information:

Contact Council's Environment section on 6216 6800 or email

View of Goulds Lagoon

Goulds Lagoon at Granton


View of Windermere Saltmarsh

Saltmarsh at Windermere Bay, Claremont