More nest pro­tec­tion for tur­tles

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Feral an­i­mal con­trol mea­sures will be con­tin­ued to help pro­tect en­dan­gered tur­tle nest­ing colonies on the Nin­ga­loo coast.

The ar­eas of fo­cus are the Gnar­aloo Bay rook­ery and Gnar­aloo Cape Far­quhar rook­ery, nest­ing grounds of en­dan­gered and vul­ner­a­ble rep­tiles in­clud­ing log­ger­head, green and hawks­bill sea tur­tles.

Sup­port has been pro­vided to An­i­mal Pest Man­age­ment Ser­vices by Ran­ge­lands NRM through fund­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram to un­der­take train­ing in feral an­i­mal track­ing and mon­i­tor­ing for nest pre­da­tion.

Ran­ge­lands NRM Southern Ran­ge­lands pro­gram man­ager Kieran Massie said the project aimed to in­crease pub­lic knowl­edge of the sea tur­tle rook­eries at Gnar­aloo and the pre­da­tion of tur­tle eggs and hatch­lings by foxes, feral cats and wild dogs.

“On-ground works and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties will col­lab­o­rate and com­ple­ment pre­vi­ous works,” he said.

In 2008, all the tur­tle eggs were eaten by foxes, which led to the es­tab­lish­ment of the Gnar­aloo Feral An­i­mal Con­trol Pro­gram.

Ev­ery year since 2010, there has been 100 per cent pro­tec­tion of tur­tle nests from feral preda­tors, saving more than 200,000 tur­tle eggs in to­tal.

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