Friends of Turtons Creek

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Turtons Creek Falls
  Turtons Creek Falls  
Friends of Turtons Creek
  Friends of Turtons Creek  
Turtons Creek Ferns
  Turtons Creek Ferns  
Tree Planting at Turtons Creek
  Tree Planting at Turtons Creek  
Walking track restoration at Turtons Creek
  Walking track restoration at Turtons Creek  
Friends of Turtons Creek
  Friends of Turtons Creek  
Cleaning up Turtons Creek
  Cleaning up Turtons Creek  
Friends of Turtons Creek
  Friends of Turtons Creek  
An active volunteer-based community group established to help protect and restore the natural environmental values around Turtons Creek, and to promote the enjoyment of this beautiful environment through community activities.

Our site works include the restoration of a defunct walking track between the main and little Turtons Creek Falls, the installation of picnic furniture and educational signage, extensive weed control works that specifically targeted Willow and Blackberry, and the revegetation of stretches of the creek with Wet Forest species.

Community events that we have organised include a local history discussion, an ecological tour, a South Gippsland Spiny Crayfish survey demonstration, a presentation of crayfish survey results, and planting days.
About Turtons Creek: Turtons Creek is a lovely spot to visit, with many beautiful habitats to explore. The forest track between the Main Turtons Creek Falls and the Little Turtons Creek Falls traverses the interface between Damp and Wet Forests, and the headwaters flow through enchanting Cool Temperate Rainforest.

The creek itself provides important habitat for at least three threatened species that have been identified in recent surveys: South Gippsland Spiny Crayfish (Euastacus neodiversus), Strzelecki Burrowing Crayfish (Engaeus rostrogaleatus), and Gippsland Burrowing Crayfish (Engaeus hemicirratulus). Surveys have also identified other indigenous species: River Blackfish, Short-fin eel, Spotted Galaxias and Tupong.

Balancing protection of the natural environment with enjoyment of that same environment is a challenge for effective management of the reserve. Habitat restoration works have been complemented with the provision of built infrastructure to help enhance the reserve for visitors, but camping and trail-bike riding cause ongoing damage to surrounding habitat. We encourage visitors to tread more lightly on the earth!