TURTLE WATCH

WELcOME TO TURTLE WATCH

Turtle Watch is dedicated to providing information about the snake-necked or long-neck turtle (Chelodina colliei) of the south-west of Western Australia. This turtle is the only native freshwater turtle species found throughout metropolitan and suburban Perth. Snake-necked turtles have an important role to play in wetland and river health. They are considered to be the top predator in the underwater food chain.

Turtle Watch is an AAEEWA project and includes a collaborative network of community partners and individuals who work to facilitate the conservation of snake-necked turtles. Turtle Watch also aims to assist in the collection of information, including educational materials, to enhance awareness of the biology and needs of the snake-neck Turtle.

Background

Turtle Watch started in 2006. Turtle Watch 1 involved an initial turtle project located at Herdsman Lake, conducted from 2006 to 2008 and funded by a Community Conservation Grant. The findings of this project led to a follow-on project, Turtle Watch 2, which ran from 2011 to 2013, funded by a Lotterywest Grant. The Turtle Watch 2 project was located at three sites – Herdsman Lake, Bibra Lake and the Canning River. After the completion of Turtle Watch 2 it was agreed by participating partners that the initiative would continue as there was considerable community momentum to support an ongoing Turtle Watch commitment.

TURTLE WATCH 2 REPORT

Turtle Watch 2 Lotterywest Final Report

TURTLE WATCH REPORT

Turtle Watch Report 2013

TURTLE FACT SHEET

Download an information sheet providing basic facts about the snake-necked turtle and care of turtles you may see when you are near rivers and wetlands

EDUCATION

The Turtle Watch Education Kit is proudly supported by AAEEWA. This Kit provides educational activities on the snake-necked turtle in particular, and other turtle species in general. It also provides information on conservation issues and turtle-friendly gardens.

TURTLE WATCH EDUCATION KIT

Educational activities and information kit

We need your help!  To find out more about snake-neck turtles we need to know where they are living and what they are doing.  If you see a snake-neck turtle please log your sighting on the ClimateWatch website or call us on one of the Turtle Watch Hotlines listed below. In this way you may contribute as a citizen scientist to the growing data base of information about these turtles. We also run snake-necked turtle displays, talks and events that showcase the snake-neck turtle on a regular basis.  Keep an eye on the Latest News section on our home page for further details.

School Accreditation

Schools are encouraged to become a Turtle Watch Accredited School.  To become accredited schools must fulfil three criteria and supply evidence to support their application.  Once they have been accredited the school will receive a certificate to display in a prominent place within the school.

TURTLE WATCH ACCREDITED SCHOOL APPLICATION

Information sheet outlining the steps involved in becoming an accredited Turtle Watch School and the application form

TURTLE WATCH HOTLINES

Please let us know if you see a turtle. All sightings help us to understand more about these wonderful creatures. Click the button below to report a sighting  online at the Climate Watch website or call your closest Turtle Watch Environment Centre

 

TURTLE WATCH NEWSLETTERS