The Committee of management and other contributors to this project are very proud to welcome you to the Budawang Coast NatureMapr database. We started this project in February 2018 and in April after much encouragement from our local community joined a website platform called NatureMapr for recording sightings of plants and animals. The platform offers easy to use tools so that everyone can add sightings and help us build our database. You can add photos and record sightings on your computer but now also using the NatureMapr app on your tablet and smartphone. Skilled and knowledgeable Moderators will help to confirm the sightings recorded, in dialogue where necessary with contributors. We are constantly monitoring the species images and will continue to improve them by adding the best images that come from the communities' sightings. We also share a complementary website, where we will provide news, events, projects and other relevant information - check it out at https://atlasoflife.org.au/budawang-coast/
Why is a Biodiversity Database Important?
This project is the result of many people’s enthusiasm to learn more about the natural environment in our uniquely beautiful area; and the desire to record and share our observations of it. The Budawang Coast Nature Map project enables everyone with an interest or passion for the natural world to contribute to this important work of reference.
Our Map spans the landscape from the Great Dividing Range in the west, covering the Budawang Wilderness area, Morton National Park and other surrounding National Parks. On the coast of New South Wales we cover the ocean north from Moruya up almost to Kiama, which includes both the Bateman’s Bay and Jervis Bay Marine Parks.
The aim of this project is to identify as many of the living creatures of this region as possible over the next years to help people explore and learn more about this place, and to provide an ever growing rich database of biodiversity information for locals and visitors, naturalists other scientists and students.
This project is entirely run by volunteers. Everyone who observes and records the life of this region is encouraged to log their sightings and make a preliminary identification, if they can. Our database is managed by several Administrators supported by a team of expert, dedicated Moderators. Moderators are appointed for each species group and they confirm each sighting before it is uploaded to the Atlas of Living Australia. So, contributors to the Atlas of Budawang Coast are making a verified and valuable rich contribution to our national archives.
We plan to organise surveys of many kinds to study in depth and record the biodiversity of our region. In addition, we intend to add observations made over time by many groups. We are fortunate that individuals have offered to share their knowledge and collections to be incorporated into our Atlas. These include Alan Stevenson’s orchid photos, Nick DeJong’s large collection of flora observations and Charles Dove's superb wildlife photos. Major collection such as these are now readily available to everyone and help build both our Atlas and the national database. We will continue to develop our local species lists and also add a taxonomy of fossils – which is a unique feature of the Budawang Coast Nature Map. Over time we expect that more naturalists and scientists will recognise the value of this citizen science initiative and join us. In partnership, we can work together to enlarge the scope of our work.
Over time we hope to become more knowledgeable about our changing environment, studying the effects of increasing population, climate change and invasive species.through the collection of time-series data and interactions with the wider network of scientists and naturalists across our collaboration. What we learn and record now will be valuable for scientists in the future.
South East NSW – We have you covered…
Our unique bio-region is of particular interest and worthy of detailed study. Our region links directly to the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness on the far south coast, which is a transition zone on the coast between the warmer waters of the Eastern Australian current and the cold of the Antarctic seas. On land we have many different habitats and ecosystems which are all very worthy of study, particularly in the wilderness areas and National Parks that surround us. We also link to the Canberra Nature Map, Southern Highlands Nature Map, Albury Wodonga Nature Map and Noosa Nature Map. Together our three regions cover all of south-eastern NSW and we actively collaborate in the development and enhancement of our database, including sharing knowledge, experience and some moderators.
NatureMapr – the app
NatureMapr is a platform developed for the Canberra Nature Map (CNM). It has proved to be very user-friendly, well accepted and used by people of all ages. CNM has well over 500 contributors and over 1 million records of 3,220 species. The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness has 358 contributors and over 21,500 sightings. All validated sightings are added to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), our national Biodiversity database.
Thanks to Our Supporters
We acknowledge the amazing support that we have received from many individuals and groups to rapidly establish NatureMapr in our region. In particular, we acknowledge those groups that have contributed towards vital start-up funding for this project including Gondwana Fossil Group, Shoalhaven Landcare, South-East Local Land Services and Shoalhaven City Council.
We invite you to join us, take an active role in our project and explore our beautiful landscapes and coast and add your sightings to help build the Atlas of Life – Budawang Coast.