How a Greenfleet forest is helping endangered turtles
Monday 21st of May 2018
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Seedling growing in the Barolin Nature Reserve

If you’re curious to know how a forest can help save turtles, then keep reading. Since the collaboration first began in 2015, the Low Glow Project has set out to reduce artificial light pollution that directly impacts nesting turtles and hatchlings at Mon Repos beach, in north Queensland. north Queensland.

The Mon Repos Conservation Park in the Bundaberg region is a global treasure - it supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. It also records the most significant Loggerhead turtle nesting population in the South Pacific region. Loggerhead turtles are listed as critically endangered in this region and the success of nesting and hatching turtles at Mon Repos is critical for the survival of the species.

Greenfleet and founding partners, The Walt Disney Company (Australia) and The Prince’s Trust Australia, joined forces to engage the community to measurably reduce the light glow around important turtle sites in Queensland.

As part of this project, Greenfleet planted 80,000 native seedlings throughout the Barolin Nature Reserve immediately adjacent to the Mon Repos beach in 2017. As it grows, this forest will create a ‘green curtain’ that will help shield the turtles from urban lighting (as well as absorbing over 69,000 tonnes of CO2-e and contributing to climate resilience). We’re excited to announce that we have just finished planting another 5,000 native seedlings and held our second planting day for supporters to plant a tree for turtles. This brings the total revegetated area to 95 ha.

The local community is continuing to take leading role in this initiative. Bundaberg Regional Council, the Sea Turtle Alliance and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism have all since joined as Low Glow collaborators.

Greefleet is thrilled to be supporting the health and wellbeing of the turtle population, as well as the natural environment of the Bundaberg region.

Our work to protect the turtles through the Low Glow project and the revegetation of the Reserve has also spiked the interest of HRH the Prince of Wales. We had the opportunity to meet with him on his visit to Bundaberg in April 2018 and explained firsthand the importance of Low Glow.