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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

In the event that Faunawatch activities are postponed or cancelled, we will email all Faunawatch members to advise. Please also follow and regularly check the Wildlife Queensland Facebook page for updates.

Faunawatch regular survey

Our regular Maroochy Botanical Gardens walks continue through 2020. This survey on the second Wednesday of the month 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 gardens followed by BYO morning tea and general discussion. A record of the fauna identified is kept.

Fourth Monday walks

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

FAUNAWATCH ACTIVITIES UPDATE – APRIL 2020

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, all upcoming Faunawatch walks and surveys have been postponed until safe to resume. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, this is a great opportunity to complete your own survey in your backyard or local park where you can do your 1-hour daily exercise. Download and fill in our FaunaWatch survey form – or just use your own simple form if you prefer – and email the result back to faunawatch@wildlilfe.org.au.

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