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The Macquarie Marshes are an important wetland area in the central north of NSW through which passes the Macquarie River. The Macquarie Marshes are about 100km north of Warren.
The Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve protects 18 500 hectares of the area. During periods of major flooding the wetland covers an area of some 150 000 hectares. The wetland area contains a variety of wetlands all essential to Australia's environmental health. The area is recognised under the Ramsar Convention and is listed on the National Heritage and National Trust Registers.
The marshes are home to 190 plus species of birds throughout the year, with some 60 species actually breeding in them. These include the Brolga, Magpie Goose and Sea Eagle. The Macquarie Marshes are essential for the breeding of many species of water birds.
There are a number of major threats to the Macquarie Marshes including that of feral animals such as pigs, cats, foxes and carp.
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