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Soaking puts Hunter Wetlands Centre in full feather


Recent rainfall has given the Hunter Wetland Centre a fresh new look.

And, following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, fully-vaccinated visitors are welcome to witness the wonder of the 45-hectare reserve once again.

The nature base located in Shortland that boasts flora, fauna, ceremonies, conferences, culture, canoes, cakes and conservation, is currently looking its best, say its caretakers.

“In the last two years, the WetlandsCentre has endured drought, fire, flood, storms and the financial impact of COVID-19,” Wetlands CEO Ken Bayliss said.

“But things are looking up – the ponds are full; everything is lush and green, there are lots of birds to be seen, and we are looking forward to visitors returning in numbers.

“If you haven’t been to the Wetlands since school days, or, you have never been, now is a great time to visit.

“We have resumed offering free guided walks (with entry) every Tuesday at 10am and every Saturday at 10.30am. 

“Our friendly guides would welcome an opportunity to share their passion for the Wetlands with you.”

The walk, Mr Bayliss says, is “leisurely, and on flat marked tracks”.

The Hunter Wetlands Centre is a community-owned, not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers.

The site, an internationally recognised wetland, usually welcomes 40,000 visitors each year.

It contains the second largest area of mangroves in the state and extensive areas of coastal saltmarsh.

Like much of NSW, the Hunter region has been particularly impacted by heavy rainfall this week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that more rain and flooding is on the way for much of the state thanks to a La Nina weather pattern.

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