Loveday Bay (Jenny’s Lagoon) is a relatively shallow wetland located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Alexandrina, and is connected to the lake by an open mouth that narrows to a connecting channel.
When inundated, the wetland holds a variety of submerged aquatic vegetation including Ruppia polycarpa and Myriophyllum caput-medusae, both significant food resources for grazing waterfowl. The state-protected Southern pygmy perch is among the fish species recorded in the wetland.
In addition to the submerged aquatic vegetation, Loveday Bay supports a combination of fringing habitats including open mudflats, fringing reed beds and samphire, which provides habitat for a variety of wetland bird species. The State listed Cape Barren Goose along with the migratory species; Common Greenshank, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and White-winged Black Tern have all been observed within the wetland.
During the recent drought Loveday Bay was disconnected from Lake Alexandrina and as a result of reduced lake levels, the wetland dried out completely.
Loveday Bay is situated on private land and is managed by the landholder in consultation with the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board and the Coorong District Local Action Planning and Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Board.
Significant complementary works have been undertaken at Loveday Bay. The wetland and associated lake edge have been fenced-off to stock and extensive revegetation of Melaleuca halmaturorum has occurred along the edge of the wetland. The wetland is monitored through the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board‘s community wetland monitoring program which conducts regular surface water, groundwater and photo-point surveys.