Katanning turtles were given a new home last week as part of a project converting run-down Katanning Creek into a natural living stream.
The Department of Environment and Conservation recruited animal guru Darren Darch, from Fauna for the Future, to help on a project called Drain to Living Stream, a joint venture between the Shire of Katanning and Katanning Landcare.
Mr Darch and a team of Katanning residents relocated more than 12 oblong turtles from Katanning Creek to Police Pools over four days.
The animal tracker said there were different ways of finding turtles, including noticing flattened grass or bubble trails.
Once found, the animals were picked up with a net and glove so they were not injured, before being checked for disease or injury.
“People always think of birds and snakes but turtles often get overlooked when it comes to relocation,” he said.
Shire of Katanning director of engineering Stephen Gash said the turtles were removed so work on the creek, which is effectively a walled drain, could begin.
The works are expected to revitalise the area, provide habitat and shade for natural ecosystems and improve the water quality and flow of the creek.
Katanning Landcare secured $36,000 funding from the State Government Community Grants program for the project.
The Shire of Katanning has provided $18,000 for the earthworks.