Wellington Park Wildlife is an initiative to collect information on animal distributions within Wellington Park by enlisting local Park users and volunteer groups in our community. The program, made possible through a grant received from Perpetual Trustees, will be co-run by Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and the Wellington Park Management Trust. So tell us which animals you see!
How will the program run?
The program is ongoing, and includes both opportunistic and formalised monitoring that highlights different species along the way. Data will be collected through CVA volunteer or community group surveys, and public sightings. Throughout the stages we will offer workshops for community groups wanting to survey various species within the Park. All information will be forwarded to the State Government Natural Values Atlas (NVAT). The program launch focuses on an iconic species in trouble – the platypus, but data on any animal seen within the Park will be accepted at any stage.
What information do I collect and how do I enter it?
The program will collect data on faunal distributions within the Park. When you spot an animal in the Park, all you need to record is ‘who, what, when, where’ i.e.
- who the recorder is;
- what animal you saw;
- when you saw it (date); and
- where (Easting and Northing, or the General Location) you saw it.
Which animals can I collect data on?
Any animal seen in Wellington Park, both native and introduced, which you can confidently identify down to species level, is accepted.
What will the data be used for?
Species distribution data will be used in the management of the Park and as a basis for further wildlife management programs. The public will also be able to view the collected information in map form on the NVAT site and on this site also (map under construction).
Please contact the Ranger for further information on wildlife monitoring and management issues in the Park.