Sunday a day to check out local wetlands

ECO VISTA: Friends of Lake Apex are hoping people will use World Wetlands Day on Sunday to visit the lake or other nature reserves.
ECO VISTA: Friends of Lake Apex are hoping people will use World Wetlands Day on Sunday to visit the lake or other nature reserves. Derek Barry

THIS Sunday is World Wetlands Day, and local nature-lovers are encouraging locals to get out and about and experience the wonders that are in our local region.

Judy Kerr from the Friends of Lake Apex (FOLA) said World Wetlands Day had been celebrated worldwide for more than 40 years.

"In the Lockyer region, FOLA events group is inviting people to come out, explore and enjoy themselves in our wetlands, lakes, dams, creeks and swamps," Ms Kerr said.

"Gatton's Lake Apex is a man-made freshwater lake, which is now famous internationally as a recognised part of the migratory birds pathway as well as for its hundreds of bird species."

Ms Kerr said this year FOLA would look at what lived under the surface of the lake at the muddy, reed-filled edges.

"These edges provide a vast system of life from micro-organisms to frogs and fishes," she said.

"It is this living system that brings the thousands of birds to the lakes."

The theme for the day is "wetlands and agriculture" - how wetlands can provide water storage, purification and nutrient removal and erosion control as well as biodiversity, recreation and the study of aquatic life.

On Sunday you are invited to experience Lake Apex.

Pick up a copy of the beautiful FOLA bird brochure (at the Cultural Centre) and enjoy the Lakes.

Some members of the FOLA working group will be at the Lakes and will welcome enquiries.

Topics:  gatton lockyer valley

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