The clutch of Loggerhead Turtles born at Tugun earlier this year helped inspire a local environmental scientist to launch a turtle-watch program. We want to improve the information on nesting turtles here on the Gold Coast. She will explain how you can be involved – and more about turtles in general – when she speaks at the free Gecko Talks on Wednesday, October 28. Turtle Watch will begin to fill the data gap on nesting turtles not just for the appropriate authorities but so there will be better response and reporting of local marine strandings, Ms Houlihan said. She has the support of Sea World, which rehabilitated and released the Tugun clutch, and non-profit Watergum group which is already involved in citizen science and will help train locals. Local knowledge and involvement is vital. That’s where beach walkers come in. Attend FREE Gecko Talks 28th October in Currumbin RSL. Boookings must be made through gecko.org.au.