Carrum Wetlands

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Blue-billed Duck Oxyura australis NT non-breeding 1989-2008 510 individuals A1, A4i
Chestnut Teal Anas castanea LC non-breeding 1989-2008 1,962 individuals A4i
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus EN non-breeding 1989-2008 14 individuals A1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata LC non-breeding 1989-2008 5,839 individuals A4i

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2008 medium not assessed not assessed
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (unknown use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - run-off happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Not assessed Not assessed Not assessed not assessed
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Seaford Wetlands N.F.R. Natural Features Reserve 21 protected area contained by site 0
Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 261 protected area overlaps with site 0
Braeside Park Nature Park 312 protected area overlaps with site 312


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Ephemeral, Freshwater lakes & pools -
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Other artificial wetlands -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Land ownership
State Government owned. Melbourne Water manage all important wetland habitat except for Braeside Park, which is managed by Parks Victoria.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Carrum Wetlands. Downloaded from on 11/07/2020.