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Wetland environments

Wetlands are environments that remain wet long enough for their plants and animals to become dependent on the moist conditions for at least part of their life cycle. NSW’s wetlands are home to many wetland plants and animals, making them great environments to enjoy swimming, fishing or bird watching.

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Wetland environments can be found all along the coast, in the mountains, in large cities, on inland rivers and in the arid far west.

Around 4.5 million hectares (6% of the state) are saline and forested wetlands such as marine, estuarine, riverine and Ramsar wetlands. Many animals rely on these areas, making their preservation an essential part of maintaining our rich biological diversity. 

Parks in which this environment is found

Paroo-Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer