Patrol - in a group, you’ll be responsible for patrolling a 2.5km section of the beach by night this means long walks in search of nesting females. Once a turtle is encountered the action starts – you’ll measure the female and her nest and you’ll collect the eggs to be moved to the hatchery. Important data such as the turtle ID tag no., nest location and no. of eggs is recorded before the task is complete. Expect to cover around 14kms each patrol.
Hatchery - the hatchery is a secure, protected section of the beach where eggs stand a much higher chance of making it to their exciting conclusion. In-depth training is provided of course before you get to work. The main volunteer tasks in the hatchery are the relocation and ongoing monitoring of nests, maintaining security from predators, collection of data and hatchling release.
Eggs incubate for around 60 days, and there is a surge of hatchlings midway through the season. All nests must be checked regularly day and night, with hatchlings released to the ocean the same day they are born - it is your responsibility to keep an eye on them until they safely reach the water. The hatchery has to be rebuilt each year and this means plenty of digging, fence-building and general preparation of the area.