The Wallagoot Catchment BioBlitz was organised by the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (Atlas of Life) and held on the 4th and 5th of December 2015 targeting a Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council lot and the nearby Bournda National Park and Bournda Nature Reserve. The primary objectives of the BioBlitz were to;
Establish and build upon the local areas biodiversity records;
Improve community awareness of local biodiversity whilst providing opportunities to interact with scientists and engage in a range of surveying techniques;
Provide species list for Bega Local Aboriginal Land Council to support future land management plans.
There are several endangered ecological communities: River-flat Eucalypt Forest on Coastal Floodplains, Freshwater Wetlands on Coastal Floodplains, Bangalay Sand Forest, Swamp Oak Floodplain forest and Coastal Saltmarsh.
There are a number of threatened flora and fauna species as well as a number of invasive species in the area. The Kalaru/Wallagoot area is rich in fauna values, especially for the Yellow-bellied Glider, Glossy Black Cockatoo, and threatened shore and water birds. The area is a wildlife corridor allowing species to move between more and less disturbed areas.
During the two days, 60 surveys were conducted by 24 surveys leaders. These surveys looked at a broad range of habitats including wetlands, dry schelorphyll forests, sand dunes and many others. Utilising a variety of promotional avenues, the BioBlitz was able to attract over 200 participants to the event who aided in the successful recording of 705 species (present count 11.02.16. total expected to be higher). Supporting the BioBlitz, was a school based BioBlitz where 60 students contributed to surveys and workshops and another 60 school students who participated in workshops and surveys on the 4th of December.