Understanding and helping preserve the Bell's Turtle

 

ABEL members are working with Local Land Services on an exciting project looking to understand the factors that have led to Bell's Turtle (Myuchelys bellii) recently being listed as endangered in NSW.

 

The project is part of an Environmental Trust Saving our Species Program and involves researchers from a range of organisations, who are working under the guidance of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services branch who are overseeing the project.

 

PhD Student Geoff Hughes and Masters Student Lou Streeting are working on this project. Here in the background you can see Lou's camera traps monitoring turtle laying behaviour and the role of predators such as foxes on nest survival. Also visible is a mesh covering protecting active nests. See here for some news on recruitment and here for the latest 2019 update!

For more information, contact Assoc. Prof. Paul McDonald