Tamar Island Wetlands Volunteers
At the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre we welcome visitors from overseas, interstate and local to the centre and interpret the wetland environment and the island history with talks, displays and providing brochures.We also help with administration duties and cleaning duties. Volunteers who like the outdoors enjoy participating in activities such as flora and fauna surveys, working bees and open days.
Where we work
Tamar Island Wetlands, a conservation area managed by Parks and Wildlife, is a ten minute drive from the centre of Launceston along the West Tamar Highway. The wetlands are an area of approximately 60ha of tidal and low-lying flats interspersed with channels. The island is an elevated area of 7ha where there are remnants of earlier days of occupation.
A boardwalk of 1.5km was completed in 1994 enabling easy access to the island and a pontoon has been constructed on the Tamar Estuary side of the island to enable access by boat. The award winning interpretation centre, opened in 2000, is a very valuable asset for environmental and conservation studies as well as an interpretation and educational facility for adults and students.
The wetlands are dominated by reeds and sedges such as the common reed, Phragmites australis which grows to about three metres . In some areas along the boardwalk rare and endangered species can be found. Copses of the paperbark, Melaleuca ericifolia, can be found on the verges of the wetlands.
There is an abundance of wildlife to be found in the wetlands. Aquatic macro-invertebrates are found during the warmer months. There are four species of fish and five species of frogs (including the green and gold frog). Reptiles include three species of skinks (including the rare glossy grass skink) and the copperhead snake. There are nine species of mammals and over fifty species of birds
What we do
The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre is staffed by WILDCARE members, seven days a week. We welcome visitors from overseas, interstate and local to the centre and interpret the wetland environment and the island history with talks, displays and providing brochures. Also, there are many visits from schools and community groups for whom we provide education and activity sessions.
We also help with administration duties and cleaning duties. Volunteers who like the outdoors and who like to work on a more casual basis, enjoy participating in activities such as flora and fauna surveys, working bees and open days.
The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre members are leading a project to raise awareness of the introduced pest fish species Gambusia. More details are available under Special Programs.
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Further information on the wetlands and visitor centre can be obtained from Tamar Island Wetlands Centre on (03) 6327 3964