Elgin Associates Pty Ltd for
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities - 2012
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An Ecological Character Description (ECD) describes the ecological character of a wetland at the time of its listing as a Wetland of International Importance. ECDs are a fundamental management tool for site managers, providing the basis for management planning and action as well as including guidance on site monitoring requirements to detect changes in the ecological character of a site.
The Logan Lagoon Ramsar site of 2,257 hectares, listed in 1982, is part of an extensive parallel dune-coastal barrier system on the east coast of Flinders Island, which lies in Bass Strait to the north of Tasmania's north-eastern corner. The Ramsar site is 6 kilometres north-east of the township of Lady Barron and is bounded by the sea to the east and south, Cameron Inlet to the north and private property for most of its western edge.
The Logan Lagoon Ramsar site is an excellent example of a coastal estuarine wetland system, comprising a diverse range of seasonal and permanent marshlands, grass and heathlands, forests and woodlands within the Tasmanian bioregion. The site is also recognised as an important site for resident and migratory birds.
Further information on what Ecological Character Descriptions are and how critical components, processes and services are identified is available in the National Framework and Guidance for Describing the Ecological Character of Australian Ramsar Wetlands – Module 2 of the National Guidelines for Ramsar Wetlands – Implementing the Ramsar Convention in Australia.