July 2015 release

Today (July 25 2015) we released 20 more western swamp tortoises at a nature reserve in the Swan Valley. These were animals bred at Perth Zoo and many Friends and other interested citizens gathered to 'launch' them into the swamp that will be their home. More pictures available in our…
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Tortoise education gets boost in The West Australian

The ED! section of The West Australian is promoting the WST on August 10 as part of its 'Celebrating WA's Wetlands Biodiversity'. In the August 8, 10, 11 and 12 editions of The West, there will be teaching resources supporting the Australian Curriculum in Science, Geography and Media Arts. TO…
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Fast cars help slow tortoises!

Our members have diverse interests - not just conservation. Some are sports car enthusiasts too! Leigh Marian is a FOWST member and was also one of the convenors of the 2014 Triumph Sports Owners Association National Rally, held in Perth. The group is a car club for owners of various…
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50 Years Monitoring Tortoise

A large group of friends and supporters of the Western Swamp Tortoise gathered at the Ellen Brook Nature Reserve – home to one of the last wild populations of the critically endangered reptile – to celebrate 50 years of scientific monitoring of this species. On the 2nd of October 1963,…
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50th anniversary of monitoring the tortoise

On October 2, 2013 a large group of supporters of the Western Swamp Tortoise gathered at Ellen Brook Nature Reserve to celebrate 50 years of scientific monitoring of the species. It was on October 2, 1963 that a BSc Honours student, Andrew Burbidge, marked and released female Number 4, then…
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Winter 2013 planting at Ellen Brook NR

The Friends (and friends of Friends!) recently planted around 1300 tube-stock of various species on bare land previously infested with weeds, near the western gate of Ellen Brook Nature Reserve. Check out the photo galleries for pictures! The campaign happened in two stages in June and July 2013 and also…
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Talk at WA Naturalists' Club

UWA PhD candidate Sophie Arnall came to speak about her research on assisted colonisation of the Western Swamp Tortoise, at the Darling Range Branch of the WA Naturalists' Club in April 2013. Below is a summary of her excellent and informative presentation. See 'Links' page for more information on her…
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