The Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is 201 hectares created largely by the filling of Lake Burley Griffin on 29 April 1964.
The highly fertile floodplain in the northern part of the Reserve contains significant evidence of past movements of the Molonglo River and these flood channels, scroll bars and paleochannels. The area continues to be grazed to help manage the biomass of exotic pasture but livestock have now been excluded from important habitat and sensitive riparian areas. There has been limited recreational use of this floodplain aside from the shared cycle path around its southern perimeter.
A diversion channel constructed in the 1920s has created a peninsular adjacent to the Lake Burley Griffin. This area has limited access and has been included within a refuge zone to protect important habitat for birds such as the Lathams Snipe.
The southern part of the Reserve is more hilly and popular with visitors. Kellys Swamp is an important area for bird watching and walking and since the 1980s, bird hides, walking paths, refuge islands and screen plantings have been developed in the area. Likewise the Jerrabomberra Creek corridor has been popular for bird watching and walking although significant earthworks have reduced some of its natural values. One area of particular conservation interest is the Billabong which is part of the former Jerrabomberra Creek channel.
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