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Our Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness(Atlas of Life) project website has news, creature features, events, references and other resources at: .


You are now in our NatureMapr database which can also be reached through the website above.


Many of us who live here want to learn more about the life we share this region with and to record our observations. The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness project enables everyone with an interest or passion for the natural world to contribute to an important work of reference.


In August 2016 we moved to a new recording platform NatureMapr. This 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. If you need any help or experience any problems drop us an email at 


We are filling the species images as much as we can and will continue to improve it by adding the best imges that come from your sightings.


"Our place" is a bioregion of particular interest and worthy of detailed study as it 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.


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 every growing rich database of biodiversity information for locals and visitors, naturalists other scientists and students.


Our Atlas spans the landscape from the Great Dividing Range in the west, to the coast of New South Wales south from Bateman’s Marine Park and down to the northern coastal region of Victoria around Gabo Island



NatureMapr is a platform developed for the Canberra Nature Map(CNM) which has proved to be well liked and well used.

At August 2016 the CNM had over 500 contributors and over 1 million records of 3,220 species.


In the six years since we started the Atlas of Life, we have 358 contributors and over 21,500 sightings added to the Atlas of Living Australia(ALA), our national Biodiversity database. We have over 3,500 species now on our species list - but of course we have all the marine species that Canberra doesn't!


We are proud to have a team of expert and dedicated volunteer moderators from each species group who look at each sighting before it is uploaded to the ALA so that we are making a verified and valuable rich contribution to our national archives


Everyone who observes and records the life of this region is encouraged to identify and log their sightings to contribute to this major work. We organise surveys of many kinds to study in depth and record the biodiversity of our place. In addition we also add observations made over time by many groups – such as the Bird surveys undertaken at Panboola and the flora sightings at Bournda. We are fortunate also that individual contributions such as Glenda Wood’s orchid photos and Jackie Miles’ large collection of flora observations have been offered to help build both our Atlas and the national database. Teresa Van der Heul , Max Campbell ,  Leo Berzins, Liz Allen and many others have also added their excellent images to populate our extensive local species list.


Over time we expect that more scientists will recognise this is a good place to work, where they are supported and where appropriate, helped to enlarge the scope of their work with our contribution.


Our annual BioBlitzes have proved inspiring events where scientists and naturalists share their expertise with the wider community and we create significant biodiversity snapshots for each location. We have worked with National Parks and Local Land Services and Local Aboriginal Land Councils to add important information to a number of conservation projects.


Over time we are also becoming more competent and knowledgeable through our Marine and Field Naturalist group activiyies so we are better able to explore further and look deeper into the mysteries of our place.


As well as biodiversity, we are studying and record effects of climate change and invasive species. What we learn and record now will be valuable for scientists in the future.


We invite you to join us, to explore our beautiful lanscapes and coast and to add your sightings to help build the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness.


339954 sightings of 6346 species in 318 locations from 898 members
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