FaunaWatch is a community-based program run by Wildlife Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Branch.
The FaunaWatch program collects and compiles sighting information submitted by community volunteers. We’re not just interested in rare or threatened species – what you see in your own backyard or local park is just as important to us.
Population monitoring of species can identify changes as early as possible, so that fauna protection plans can be established.
FaunaWatch began in 1998 in Caloundra City and has since expanded to the entire Sunshine Coast Regional Council area, as well as the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Fraser Coast Regional Council areas. We hope the program will expand to other regions of Queensland in the coming year.
FaunaWatch needs more observers in all the areas listed above – to become a FaunaWatch observer, complete thisregistration form and forward it to the Coordinator. The registration form includes instructions on how to accurately complete the survey forms.
How it Works
FaunaWatch volunteers explore in groups or as individuals and submit survey forms about which species they have observed. The FaunaWatch database stores the submitted information in a format which can assist in research, education and land use planning.
FaunaWatch runs workshops and organises survey trips in the Sunshine Coast area. The project also produces the FaunaWatch newsletter which contains up-to-date advice on completing survey forms and other wildlife news.
Project resources and information
- Latest FaunaWatch newsletter
- Walks in Caloundra. Edited by Keith Hickman.
- Fauna of the Sunshine Coast. Edited by Keith Hickman.
The Sunshine Coast & Hinterland branch of Wildlife Queensland currently coordinates and finances the project. Funding has also been provided by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council (previously Caloundra City, Maroochy Shire and Noosa Shire Councils); Moreton Bay Regional Council (previously Pine Rivers and Caboolture Shire Councils) and SEQ Catchments.
For more information on this project, contact the FaunaWatch team
For more information on WPSQ’s projects, email or phone +61 (7) 3844 0129.