Environment PhD candidate at UC is doing his part to save our native turtles

PhD candidate at UC is doing his part to save our native turtles

Graduating University of Canberra PhD candidate Bruno De Oliveira Ferronato has produced significant research that is already being put into effect to save native turtles.

The project was formed after it was recognised that conservation fences around the Mulligan’s Flat woodland reserve were protecting endangered native bettongs, but killing turtles.

Dr Ferronato came up with several solutions for the unintended consequences of the fences, including turtle-only underwater gateways into and out of the reserve and intervention by people patrolling the area to assist turtles across the fence line.

As a result of his research a volunteer team is being recruited to monitor turtles at the Mulligan’s Flat Conservation Area fence and to protect them from unnecessary harm.

[img source] John C. Akers jr. (CCA2.0)
The above story is based on materials provided by the University of Canberra.