Conservation Guidelines

Platypus Conservation Guidelines

This section provides ideas on how to take positive action to help platypus populations.

The general guidelines for individuals and communities (who may be working on a relatively small scale to protect local platypus populations) cover the following main categories:

  1. Litter
  2. Illegal use of fish nets and yabby/cray traps
  3. Recreational angling
  4. Pet management
  5. Household chemicals and nutrient enrichment
  6. Reducing water consumption
  7. Safe use of pumps and small-scale hydro-power generators
  8. Planning improvements to properties with creek or river frontage
  9. Other community actions

The guidelines for management agencies and environmental groups (who typically may be involved in planning and implementing large-scale rehabilitation works or development projects along waterways) cover the following main categories:

  1. Planning for platypus
  2. Maintaining or restoring bank and channel stability
  3. Managing stormwater drainage
  4. Weed control and revegetation
  5. Providing in-stream woody habitat (logs and branches)
  6. Maintaining adequate flow in managed river systems
  7. Providing refuge areas during drought
  8. Designing platypus-friendly lakes and ponds
  9. Use of heavy machinery along the banks and channel
  10. Walking tracks, viewing platforms, bridges and street lighting
  11. Culverts, pipes, gates and grilles
  12. Weir walls and drop structures
  13. Pumps and small-scale hydro-power generators
  14. Promoting awareness of platypus conservation needs