New book about the tortoise: 'Westy'

The new children's book 'Westy' will soon be launched

Meantime, you can buy the soft cover version here for just $19 (+$4 p&p), or if you're a member of FOWST, $15 +p&p. Just email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, number of books and postal address; then send your payment by EFT to Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise Inc. BSB 036-308, Account 201858, labelling the transaction '[surname] book'.

Author and member Cathy Levett is proud and relieved that the book is finally available and hopes your children will love it!

We'll post information about the official book launch on this site and on Facebook, once it's finalised.

Tortoise Tales 25

Our latest newsletter - featuring some great schoolchildren from SA who raised money for the tortoise - is now available to download. Scroll to bottom right of the home page...

Planting Day June 12

The Western Swamp Tortoise - Australia’s rarest reptile - needs your help! Come along and help the Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise, Department of Parks and Wildlife and WWF-Australia plant around new habitat ponds to help this Critically Endangered species.
When: Sunday 12th June, 2016 from 9:30am – 12:00pm (see events section this site)
Meeting Point: Ellen Brook Nature Reserve, end of Lexia Avenue, Upper Swan.
Contact: RSVPs essential, please contact Shenaye on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 6231 0239.
Bring: Gumboots, sunscreen, sturdy enclosed footwear, long pants and weather appropriate protection.
Provided: Tools, gloves, and light lunch

We'll be planting local provenance natives at Ellen Brook Nature Reserve, an essential part of the tortoises' habitat. Even if you can only help for a short time, we would appreciate your attendance.
Many of our members really enjoy planting days as a few hours work shows great results (see our website for some pics of the work accomplished on previous planting days).

We welcome anyone who can help, so please feel free to send these details to others who may be interested.

Jan Bant
Chairperson, Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise
0408 024 800

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