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Urrbrae Wetland

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Published September 4th 2021
A research and education facility by council and school
urrbrae wetland
Urrbrae Wetland


Situated on the southern side of Cross Road in Netherby, Urrbrae Wetland is a teaching wetland jointly managed by the City of Mitcham and Urrbrae Agricultural High School. With both the council and the school wanting to resolve flooding issues, they worked together to prepare a stormwater detention basin concept plan. Funding was subsequently secured and construction of the wetland started soon after.

urrbrae wetland
Main wetland pond


wetland footpath
Footpath


In April 1997, Premier John Olsen officially opened Urrbrae Wetland which doubles as a research and education facility. The wetland has since reduced pollutants and pathogens in stormwater entering the basin. Incoming stormwater passes through trash racks before flowing into two sedimentation basins where the sediment 'settles out'.

sedimentation basin
One of the sedimentation basins


urrbrae wetland dam
Wetland dam


The wetland provides habitat for local native animals. Many birds, bats, frogs and yabbies now call the wetland home. Throughout the years, a significant number of local native flora has been planted by both school students and Friends of Urrbrae Wetland volunteers. Well-maintained footpaths go around the main wetland pond. There's a boardwalk, native bee hotel, bird hide and two jetties along the way.

urrbrae wetland boardwalk
Boardwalk


native bee hotel
Native bee hotel


The Friends of Urrbrae Wetland hosts a couple of open days in spring and autumn each year. On these days, you are welcome to come and wander around with your family. I had the opportunity to learn about the wetland's ecology on a self-guided tour during my recent visit. If you're interested, do keep an eye on their website for the next open day.

bird hide
Bird hide


jetty
One of the jetties

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Why? A research and education facility by council and school
When: Open days in spring & autumn
Where: Cross Road, Netherby, SA
Your Comment
That sounds like a wonderful place. I love the super sized bee hotel.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9025) 22 days ago
A great location Audrey and well described. Wetlands and boardwalks, what could be better.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|3114) 23 days ago
Their Spring Open Day will be on Sunday the 19th of September 2021 from 1:30pm to 4pm.
by Audrey (score: 2|121) 22 days ago
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