Wetlands day to be celebrated at Toondah with a little bird watching on February 2

World Wetlands Day will be celebrated at GJ Walter Park, Toondah Harbour, Cleveland starting at 8am on Sunday, February 2, and everyone is invited.

WETLAND MEETING: A few wetland types gather on the foreshore at Toondah. Photo: Chris Walker

WETLAND MEETING: A few wetland types gather on the foreshore at Toondah. Photo: Chris Walker

This event is one of many around the world to raise awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet - and the need to protect them.

Redland2030 president Steve MacDonald said activities could help paint a large wetland-themed banner and posters, watch wader birds through long range telescopes, learn more about local wetlands and the many creatures that depend on them, have a free sausage sizzle, and see koalas.

Entertainment would include the band Ankor and local singer-songwriters Troy Robbins & Simon Ball

Redlands2030, BirdLife Australia, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Wilderness Society are celebrating World Wetlands Day at Cleveland and are oppose the proposed $1.4 billion Toondah Harbour development being built on wetlands.

Wetlands and Biodiversity is the theme for World Wetlands Day.

Mr MacDonald said wetlands were rich with biodiversity and were habitat for a dense variety of plant and animal species.

"Latest estimates show a global decline of biodiversity, while wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests," he said.

"This year's theme is a unique opportunity to highlight wetland biodiversity, its status, why it matters and promote actions to reverse its loss."