Sur­vey of river life

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

BAIGUP Wet­land Interest Group co-or­di­na­tor Penny Lee says an up­com­ing fauna sur­vey will pre­serve the fu­ture of the wildlife at the wet­lands lo­cated along the Swan River in Bayswa­ter.

The group will hold three community work­shops lead­ing up to the sur­vey in Novem­ber, which has been funded by the State Nat­u­ral Re­source Man­age­ment and will be con­ducted by en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tants Nat­u­ral Area. The work­shops will fea­ture a demon­stra­tion of equip­ment and tech­niques used in fauna sur­veys and a night wildlife spot­ting walk.

Baigup Wet­lands is home to about 96 bird species, tur­tles, frogs, lizards, snakes, in­sects, in­ver­te­brates and foxes.

Ms Lee said the week­long sur­vey would be the “first of its na­ture” and aimed to quan­tify how many species lived in the wet­lands.

“The thing that we are wor­ried about is that we def­i­nitely have foxes and they not only eat ev­ery­body’s chooks but eat a lot of baby birds,” she said.

Group mem­ber Paul Adair said the group would be pur­chas­ing its own trial cam­eras to mon­i­tor the wet­lands.

Fel­low mem­ber Rose­mary Lynch said once the sur­vey was com­pleted, the group would form a man­age­ment plan for the fauna.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ms Lee at

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Rose­mary Lynch, Paul Adair and Penny Lee.

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