WETLAND HABITATS A practical guide to restoration and management

By Nick Romanowski


Published in 2010 by CSIRO Publishing, colour plates, 178 pages


Price $A49.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote


ISBN 9780643096462

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  • Table of contents
  • About the author

Wetland Habitats is a practical and easy to use manual for wetland restoration and conservation of diverse animal species. Covering all the recent work in the field, among other significant issues it discusses making the most of dams and created wetlands; reversing the effects of drainage, grazing, weirs, deteriorating water quality, and associated algal problems; captive breeding and reintroduction; and controlling weeds and vermin.


The book describes a range of potential problems encountered during restoration efforts and approaches to dealing with them, so that readers will be able to make informed decisions about wetlands on their own properties. It also explains how to set realistic targets for wetland restoration as well as longer-term goals for management, and included colour photographs of diverse wetland habitats and the animals that rely on them.


The examples draw on a wide range of wetland animals including some which aren't often found in wetlands on private properties, but the primary emphasis is on the ecology, interactions and management that will be of most use to landholders with wetlands in need of rejuvenation.


Table of contents


What this book is about


Part A. Habitats

What is habitat?

Islands of water

Natural change


Part B. Invaders

Human impacts

Weeds and habitat;

Alien animals

Colour plates


Part C. Repair

Management and restoration

Populations, genes and captive breeding

Created wetlands and dams


Part D. Plants and animals

Native plants and animals



Amphibians and reptiles

Birds and mammals



Recommended reading

Index of common and scientific names



About the author


Zoologist Nick Romanowski has spent three decades working with aquatic plants. His nursery, Dragonfly Aquatics, was the first to specialise in indigenous aquatic and wetland plants, growing species from all parts of Australia. Nick's most recent books include Edible Water Gardens, a worldwide encyclopaedia of edible wetland plants, a second edition of Planting Wetlands and Dams.