Chad is one of Australia wildlife experts. Currently works on contract as a Wildlife Ecologist for the government and various private institutes, he is involved with many conservation projects, from monitoring arboreal mammals in forests to conserving rare raptors in Sydney. He is also currently undertaking PhD Candidature at the University of Newcastle with a thesis title of “The Restoration Ecology of the Green and Golden Bell Frog” where he is learning the recipe to make the best wetlands, to recreate habitat and reverse declines of threatened pond breeding frogs. In addition, Chad has experience in guiding international wildlife documentary film sets, conducting remediation projects, and delivering motivational and educational presentations for councils, groups and interstate music festivals. He aims to use his experience, knowledge and passionate to inspire a new generation of environmental consciousness.
Chad has a wide range of skills and knowledge, and has worked in many different environments having traveled across Australia. An avid educator of wildlife ecology and environmental remediation. He has advanced identification and ecological survey skills for all fauna groups, vegetation, freshwater macroinvertebrates and targeted surveys for threatened animal or plant species. In addition, Chad also has a keen interest in wildlife photography which he also uses to inspire and educate. If wanting to hire Chads expertise for your conservation project, whether its delivering educational seminars or undertaking fauna/biodiversity monitoring, or even designing a restoration plan for a target species, please contact us.
29/09/2017 – The Science behind how Nature affects your Brain – Origins of Entropy 2017, ACT
27/05/2017 – Frogs of the Royal National Park – NPWS training course, Sutherland Shire, ACT
16/04/2017 – Wildlife tour: Along the creek – Origins of Entropy 2017, ACT
15/04/2017 – The Story of Evolution – Origins of Entropy 2017, ACT
12/03/2017 – Frogs and Reptiles of the South Coast – Bega Community, Bega, NSW
10/03/2017 – Frogs of the Illawarra and the Green and Golden Bell Frog – Conservation Volunteers Australia, Primbee, NSW
04/02/2017 – Saving the Wildlife of Sydney – Weird Art Tunes Talks 3, NSW
24/09/2016 – Threatened Species of Manly Vale – Mermaid Pools Bush Regen Group, NSW
12/06/2016 – Finding spirituality with Nature through Wildlife Gardening – Psyland 2016, ACT
08/01/2016 – Frogs of Southern Sydney – South branch meeting, WIRES, NSW
31/10/2015 – Backyard Conservation – Bushcare spring gathering, Sutherland Shire Bushcare, NSW
15/09/2015 – Frog Friendly Gardens – Sutherland Shire Libraries, NSW
11/03/2015 – Garden Habitat for Frogs – Menai Wildflower Group, NSW
15/10/2014 – Frogs of Sutherland Shire – Sutherland Branch, Australian Plant Society, NSW
A passionate aspiring Ecologist and Wildlife Photographer from Sydney. Having recently completed his HSC, he now spends his time searching for rare and threatened wildlife in an attempt to protect important areas of bush and increase our understanding of the ecology of elusive and threatened species. Jayden is highly experienced in fauna identification and location. He has extensive experience leading and assisting Birdwatching and Spotlighting tours to engage the local community and the younger generation to explore the world around them, as we are only willing to protect what we understand and appreciate.
Some Wildlife highlights for Jayden having included finding Critically Endangered Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters, the threatened and elusive Barking Owl, Masked Owl, Powerful Owl, Greater Sooty Owl and Red-Crowned Toadlet along with the first sighting of a Common Dunnart for the Northern Beaches, first New Holland mouse for 13 years in Northern Sydney and 2 Southern Brown Bandicoots which were speculated to be recently extinct in all of NSW except for near Eden.
Tours and Presentations
27/11/2016 – Tour: Garigal National Park East: The under-explored gem of Northern Sydney
25/11/2016 – Tour: Expert Guide assisting Coastal Environment Centre’s Warriewood Wetlands Night Stalk
19/11/2016 – Tour: Expert Guide assisting Coastal Environment Centre’s Birdwatching Walk at Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve
November 2016 PNHA Newsletter- Composed article on Nocturnal Wildlife of Pittwater
25/09/16 – Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA and FONLC Birdwalk at Warriewood Wetlands
10/09/2016 – Tour: Expert Guide assisting Coastal Environment Centre’s Birdwatching Walk at Deep Creek Narrabeen
07/09/2016 – Presentation at Manly Selective Campus: Threatened Species of Sydney
28/08/16 – Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA Birdwalk at Chiltern Trail
09/07/16 – Tour: Salvation Trail Guided Bushwalk and fauna search
17/4/16 – Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA Birdwalk at Deep Creek
28/2/16 – Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA Birdwalk at Warriewood Wetlands
13/2/16 – Organised and led Threatened Species diurnal and nocturnal searches in Ingleside (Assisted by Arthur White, Jacqui Marlow and many others)
15/11/15 – (Afternoon) Presentation: PNHA AGM Wildlife of Pittwater including search for Spotted Tail Quoll
15/11/15 – (Morning) Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA Birdwalk at Warriewood Wetlands
20/09/15 – Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA Birdwalk at Irrawong Reserve
September 2015 – Taronga Bird Festival Tour Guide
24/5/15 – Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA Birdwalk at Chiltern Trail
16/11/14 – Tour: Expert Guide for PNHA Birdwalk at Irrawong Reserve
September 2014 – Taronga Bird Festival Tour Guide
Matthew ‘Outback Fletch’ Fletcher
Matthew Fletcher is an innovative bushman, possessing handy man skills from all trades. From electrical to mechanic to plumbing to fishing to survival. Truly a jack-of-all-trades. He has always had an affinity for nature and the bush, much preferring the company of trees than buildings. He is a skilled and compassionate animal catcher and use to volunteer in turtle conservation.
He is currently undertaking a road trip for a year around the entire coast of Australia with a few stops in the interior as well. He will post critters he finds on his travels, video shorts on bush tips to do with travelling, road tripping, handy man life hacks for bush living and must see locations he finds while exploring the outback. To stay up to date on his travels like and follow the Gumnut Naturalist facebook page.
The ultimate goal is to make the world more beautiful by enhancing biodiversity and finding the perfect synergy between nature and development.