More nest protection for turtles
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.