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Faunawatch is a community-based program run by Wildlife Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Branch. 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 near future.

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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.

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.

Population monitoring of species can identify changes as early as possible, so that fauna protection plans can be established.

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.

Get involved

To become a Faunawatch observer, download and complete the registration form and forward it to the Faunawatch Coordinator:

The registration form includes instructions on how to accurately complete the survey forms.

Regular activities

Faunawatch Regular Survey 

The Faunawatch Regular Survey, held at 8.00am on the second Wednesday of most months, provides an opportunity for anyone to come along and find out more about Faunawatch. Meeting in the car park, we start with a walk on one of the several trails in the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens followed by BYO morning tea and general discussion. A record of the fauna identified is kept.

Where: Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
When: 8.00am on the following dates in 2019-2020:

  • 14 August 2019
  • 11 September 2019
  • 9 October 2019
  • 13 November 2019
  • December-January – break
  • 12 February 2020
  • 11 March 2020
  • 8 April 2020
  • 13 May 2020
  • 10 June 2020
Fourth Monday walks 

Faunawatch walks are also held on the fourth Monday of most months.

When: 8.00am on the following dates in 2019-2020:

  • 28 October 2019: Cahills Scrub, Peachester on an 18-ha bushland reserve with a great mix of species. Look out for another Regent Bowerbird in the sun.
    Meeting point: At the end of Harold Lane, Peachester.
  • 25 November, 2019: Lake Baroon (South) at North Maleny for a great walk along the southern side of Lake Baroon, with a combination of water birds, and with water backing up into a mixture of forest types where last time we saw a population of New Holland Honeyeaters. Join us for this end of the year walk with a cool breeze off the lake.
    Meeting point: At the end of Baroon Pocket Road, North Maleny.
  • 24 February, 2020: Kawana Forest, Meridan Plains on a part of the Climate Watch trail. We will start in Kurrajong Park before walking into Kawana Forest. The open grasslands to the west and the wallum sections provide a good mix of species.
    Meeting point: The picnic shed in Kurrajong Park, with parking along and next to Kurrajong Crescent, Meridan Plains.

More information on the latest Faunawatch survey events are in the latest Faunawatch Newsletter (see below).

Publications

Faunawatch Newsletter

Walks in Caloundra (Edited by Keith Hickman)

Fauna of the Sunshine Coast (Edited by Keith Hickman)

Forms

Acknowledgements

The Sunshine Coast & Hinterland branch of Wildlife Queensland currently coordinates and finances the project. Funding has also been provided by:

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council (previously Caloundra City, Maroochy Shire and Noosa Shire Councils)
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council (previously Pine Rivers and Caboolture Shire Councils)
  • 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.

Written by wildlife1ict