Bring the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle Back from the Brink

Over the past year, the Bellingen community has been devastated by the decimation of the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle, a species unique to the region.

Whilst there is a co-ordinated response to this tragedy from local and state government authorities, the Bellingen Community has a key role to play in bringing the turtles back from the brink.

We have 5 years to get our act together - that's how long it will take for the remaining juveniles in the river to grow to reproductive age.

A healthy river is key to the survival of these turtles.

  • The turtle breathes through its bum so needs high dissolved oxygen level.
  • The turtle needs healthy river bank vegetation to breed safely.
  • The turtle needs healthy river water to support the water bugs and plants it likes to eat.

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