We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we work, the Gumbaynggirr people of the Gumbaynggirr nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Bellingen Riverwatch sees community scientists and the scientific community working together to support the recovery of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle
A disease outbreak caused a mass mortality event of the now Critically Endangered Bellinger River Snapping Turtle (BRST) in early 2015. Collecting scientifically valid and ongoing water quality data was identified by scientists and community alike as a priority focus area to monitor river health, identifying priority areas for management actions and to educate the community on how to reduce the impact they may be having on their environment.
Bellingen Riverwatch engages 44 local community citizen scientist volunteers and 5 schools to collect monthly water quality data at 30 sites every month across the Bellinger and Kalang catchments. The waterways of the Bellingen Shire are highly valued by the local community. We communicate our data with program partners and the community via our Facebook page and our free River Health Newsletter. Learn more about the turtle mortality event and conservation actions currently underway or visit our video library to learn more about this wonderful program.