Jocks Lagoon

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Jocks Lagoon is an 18 ha freshwater coastal lagoon in north-eastern Tasmania, Australia. In 1982 it was designated a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.


The lagoon is some 5 km south-east of the town of St Helens. It lies partly on private land and partly at the southern end of the St Helens Point conservation area. One of a chain of wetlands along St Helens Point, it is 200–300 m inland from the coast, near a dunefield. About 650 m long and 150 m wide, it is dystrophic, with tannin-stained, low-nutrient, acidic waters. Water levels fluctuate with rainfall and reach a depth of 2–3 m. While the northern half of the lagoon is mainly open water, the southern half is mostly covered with emergent rushes and sedges. Threatened plants recorded from the site, or suspected to be present, include jointed twigsedge, slender twigsedge, zigzag bogsedge, yellow onion orchid and erect marshflower.[1]


A total of 51 vascular plant species were recorded from the lagoon by a recent study. Of that total, half were species that grow in swamps or damp areas; vegetation common to dry areas, coastal woodland and Melaleuca forest made up the remainder of the list. The lagoon's aquatic flora is equally rich. Several rare species occur there.[1]

Ramsar criteria[edit]

Although Jocks Lagoon is listed as a Ramsar Site, it does not meet all four criteria that determine a site as a Ramsar Site. The lagoon does not meet criterion four, which states that a Ramsar Site is one that "supports species at critical stages or provides refuge in adverse conditions."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Newall, P.R.; Lloyd, L.N.; and Atchison, E.E. (2011). Ecological Character Description for the Jocks Lagoon Ramsar Site (PDF). Lloyd Environmental Project Report LE0930. Canberra: Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. 

Coordinates: 41°20′40″S 148°18′30″E / 41.34444°S 148.30833°E / -41.34444; 148.30833