Swampcare

Swampcare takes you to some beautiful places, like the Valley View swamp at Blackheath, here photographed in the mist. This is part of the swamp system that feeds Govetts Leap Brook, also known as Braeside.

Mist in Best Valley swamp

Swampcare events are integral to the Threatened Species program. The Swampcare program provides a series of four full day events each year.

Volunteers are welcome to attend any or all of these events.  Working in swamps has a particular appeal for some and attracts regular experienced volunteers.   It is not always or even often working in the mud! Most Swampcare events are suitable for new volunteers as training is provided on site. All sites involve only a short walk in from road edges.

Kitty Hawke Swamp 2014
Kitty Hawke Swamp 2014 Photo Adam Knott

All tools and safety equipment are provided by the Bushcare officer in attendance. Since 2008 Hominy Bakery has been providing volunteers with delicious goodies for morning teas and sandwiches for lunches.

To participate, watch for Swampcare updates via Bushcare Events emails (subscribe if you are not already signed up), or via this website’s events calendar. You can register via individual Swampcare events as they come up.

More information

You can learn more about swamps in the fact sheets below:

About swamps

Fauna found in swamps

Flora found in swamps

Swamps worked on during 2014–2015, continuing next year, are:

  • Rocklea St Swamp, North Hazelbrook
  • Kittyhawke Swamp, Wentworth Falls
  • Clydebank Swamp, North Leura
  • Valley View Swamp, Blackheath

Promotions and activities are coordinated with the NPWS volunteer program. Jointly organised events enables work to occur on both Council land and in National Parks, as with the Kittyhawke Swamp in North Wentworth Falls.

 Peter working on Erica in kittyhawke swamp
Peter working on removing Erica in Kittyhawke swamp photo Paul Vale

The following fact sheets are also useful for those working or living close to swamps.

Blue Mountains Water Skink

Iron Bacteria

Water Cycle In Blue Mountains Swamps

Threats To Blue Mountains Swamps

Giant Dragonfly