Curious about Platypus in the Dandenong Ranges? Belgrave Platypus monitor our resident population in the Monbulk Creek. We currently focus our
monitoring activity around the Belgrave Lake Park section of Monbulk Creek.
Using visual monitoring, we aim to determine how regularly the Belgrave Lake Park section of Monbulk Creek is used by platypus, how many individuals may be using the creek and help to understand how any potential resident population may change over time.
Most importantly we hope to raise awareness of the threats platypus face, and the opportunities that exist to help them.
We work in partnership with the Southern Dandenongs Landcare Group, Southern Ranges Environment Alliance, the Australian Platypus Conservancy, the Shire of Yarra Ranges and Melbourne Water.
We conduct two Community Counts annually (summer and spring) as well as a range of other platypus conservation activities and events.
New participants warmly welcomed.
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This platypus was found drowned at Belgrave Lake Park two weeks ago. It was an adult female that had a plastic ring around her body. We think she probably drowned by getting snagged on a branch trying to wriggle out of it. All of the platypus in Monbulk Creek have been microchipped so the researchers will be able to find out about her history.