Brochure 8 in the series covering information on Wetland Wanderings.
The name ‘Begola’ comes from the local Wadawurrung community meaning place of many frogs and reflects the large numbers of species that call Begola Wetlands home.
Located amongst the urban surroundings of Ocean Grove, this special spot enables you to get a close look at many bird species and to listen out for the calls of the frogs that live in this natural wetland.
Begola Wetlands is located on both Emperor Drive and Tuckfield Street in Ocean Grove. A great viewing platform is located on Emperor Drive and enables a closer look.
Begola Wetlands is a freshwater wetland replenished solely by stormwater runoff from part of the Ocean Grove residential area. It was formally known as the Collendina Lagoon. Some time ago a weir was constructed at the eastern end adjacent to Emperor Drive which now enables water to be retained in the wetland for extended periods.
Begola Wetlands is part of a natural drainage system that runs from west to east behind the coastal sand dunes for 7 kilometres through to Swan Bay. It is the first of a chain of dune wetlands and lakes that extend between Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale.
The wetland is uniquely perched between two distinctly different landforms and soil types. It was previously an ephemeral wetland regularly drying out during summer and autumn.
Begola Wetlands is characterised by a large shallow open water zone with a number of dense stands of emergent macrophytes. On average once in every five years the open water zone dries out leaving a large mudflat. This is a natural and important part of the wetland cycle.
In 1994 a fence was erected around the wetlands to reduce disturbance to birdlife by humans and dogs.
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The Japanese Latham’s Snipe breed in Japan during the winter and migrates some 10,000 kilometres in the summer months. It is a regular visitor to the Begola Wetlands.
Several species of vocal frogs can be heard at Begola Wetlands. The Southern Brown Tree Frog, the Spotted Marsh Frog, the Common Eastern Froglet and the Banjo Frog.
The wetland is very rich in bird life. Birds nest and roost either in grass beside the wetland or amongst the reeds. Many of the waterbirds forage for food on the shallow floor of the wetland and along its marshy edges.
Birds which regularly use the wetlands include:
- Pacific Duck
- Wood Duck
- Black Swan
- Purple Swamphen
- Disky Moorhen
- Australian Grebe and
- White Faced Heron
A project sponsored by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality program. A joint Initiative of the Victorian and Australian Governments.
This site is part of the Wetland Wanderings Ecotour. Each wetland site has its own brochure highlighting the features of the site in more detail. Some sites may be drive by only and some are close to a parking bay so you can stop, read the site information from the selected brochure and go for a wander around the wetland.
Happy Wetland Wandering.