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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves


Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park


Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p


When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

Celebrate World Wetlands Day Tomorrow


World Wetlands Day tomorrow will be celebrated by the Parks and Wildlife Service with Discovery Ranger activities around the state including activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre in Launceston.

World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on February 2.

It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, the Ramsar Convention, in Ramsar, Iran, on February 2, 1971.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre business manager Alison Moore said the activities will help people to better understand the wetland environment and its values.

"The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People, which recognises the importance of the impacts of wetland-related diseases and poor sanitation on the quality of water and wetlands," Ms Moore said.

"Wetlands have many functions including providing habitat for a wide range of plants, bird and animals including reptiles, fish, amphibians and invertebrates".

Discovery Ranger activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre will include: talks about migratory and resident shorebirds, guided walks and special children's activities.

Specialist guest speakers from Birds Australia, Fisheries Tasmania and the Gambusia (a pest fish species) project officer with Tamar Region Natural Resource Management will be on hand to talk with visitors.

A range of wetland activities will also be offered as part of the Parks and Wildlife Service's Discovery Ranger program that has been running at parks and reserves throughout January.

These include bird watching, nature walks, and shorebird activities at locations including Goulds Lagoon in Hobart, Bridport, Moulting Lagoon near Freycinet, St Helens, and at Narawntapu National Park.

For more information about the activities at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre call (03) 6327 3964 or check the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or local parks offices for information about the Discovery Ranger activities.