Wildlife Watch is a community based project which is part of Project SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction). You do not have to be an expert to become a Wildlife Watch participant. Everyone can contribute to the Pittwater Council’s Wildlife Watch Database.
By observing the wildlife in your area of Pittwater, or even just in your own backyard, not only will you be helping to build an informative picture of our local fauna, but you will contribute in the development of appropriate management strategies which will help to protect and conserve our native animals.
At the same time you will be enriched by discovering information about our native fauna, how you can help protect them and just what fascinating creatures still coexist with us in Pittwater!
When observing wildlife and generally walking through bushland, it is important to move quietly, disturbing as little as possible. Once your wildlife has been sighted it is important to remain as quiet as possible. With this approach there is a higher chance of observing ‘natural behaviour’.
Pay attention with your senses; sight, sound even aromas are often clues to the presence of wildlife in the area. Observe not only in the canopy layer of trees but in the shrub layer and on the forest floor. Look for presence of scratch marks on trees, soil disturbance, small tracks, scats (animal droppings) and nests!
Remember to stop every now and then, often wildlife will emerge that at first sight were not apparent.
If you have any problems using the online reporting form or the printable observer sheet do not hesitate to ring the Coastal Environment Centre on 1300 000 232. The observer sheet can be returned to us via email (Sonja_Elwood@pittwater.nsw.gov.au), fax (9970 1200 - ATTN: Natural Environment and Education) or post (Pittwater Council, Natural Environment and Education, PO Box 882, Mona Vale, NSW, 1660).
Updated: 17 Oct 2012