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A bund is an embankment or dyke. Bunding refers to the construction of a thick wall including an embankment (a thick wall of earth), dyke (a thick wall), dam (a wall), levee (a raised bank), or weir (a low barrier), etc. that may restrict water flow over the ground and/or raise water levels. Bunds are often either earthen, rock, or concrete in material.

Bunding – Bund creating an artificial wetland

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Bunds outside a natural and/or modified natural wetlands are often intended to capture overland flow (i.e., surface water runoff) across a floodplain and may create an artificial palustrine or lacustrine wetland.

Applicable Wetland Habitat Hydrological Modification:

  • ‘Artificial – bunding’ (H3-C1)

Last updated: 7 June 2023

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Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2023) Bunding – Bund creating an artificial wetland, WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

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