The City of Belmont has joined forces with Murdoch University, South West Group and other participating local governments to be part of the Lotterywest-funded Save Our Snake Necked Turtles (SOSNT) Project.
Any member of our community can contribute to this important citizen science initiative by recording turtle sightings using TurtleSAT, either using the mobile TurtleSAT app, or online.
We are also keen to hear from turtle enthusiasts interested in becoming Turtle Trackers, who will receive additional training to actively patrol for turtles on the move. Turtle Trackers will work with the City’s environment team to collect additional information and also directly help protect turtles and their nests.
If you are interested in becoming a Turtle Tracker, please contact the City’s environment team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9477 7257.
For more information on dealing with snakes, including tips on reducing close encounters, please visit the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s website.
Part of bee colony reproduction involves swarming which usually occurs during September to November. Swarming occurs when a queen bee and a large number of worker bees move from an old hive to find a location for a new hive. The bees form a ball like formation (about the size of a football) and settle on vegetation or another object. A bee swarm is not a hive but can still cause a nuisance. Bees will usually disperse within 1-2 days when a new hive location is found.
Removal of bee swarms on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. A swarm collector or licensed pest control operator should be contacted to remove the bees. The Western Australian Apiarists Society has a list of swarm collectors on its website.
For more information on bee swarms visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website.
Bee swarms in parks and on the City’s land can be reported to the City’s Parks and Environment team by contacting the City on 9477 7222 or by email at email@example.com.
European Wasps are a declared pest in Western Australia. You are encouraged to make yourself familiar with European Wasps and report suspected sightings to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
The European wasp looks similar to a common paper wasp, but is slightly smaller (the size of a bee), has black rather than yellow antennae, and builds underground nests. If you are experiencing problems on your property with wasps, other than European Wasps, contact a licensed pest controller to treat the nest.
Read the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Wasp Identification Guide.