Welcome to the Scenic Rim branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.

The Scenic Rim is part of Australia's third most bio-diverse region, with many habitats supporting a wonderful array of wildlife. Politically it covers the area under the Scenic Rim Regional Council and this is how our boundaries are generally defined , although geographically it extends to Toowoomba and south of the border. Our boundaries are however flexible, as our wildlife do not recognize political boundaries, and readily move across them.

Our primary aims are essentially to:

  • Enhance the awareness of local residents and others of the wonderful diversity of wildlife in our region, the fascinating behaviours and ecological interactions they display, and the curious, appealing and simply beautiful and appearance of so many

  • Collect and collate information relevant to conservation management

  • Promote an understanding in all sections of the local community of the needs of wildlife in our region and what individuals, governments and businesses can do to ensure the survival of our wildlife well into the future.

  • Present information and recommendations to relevant companies, local, state and federal governments and international bodies such as the IUCN concerning the long term conservation of wildlife and their habitats.

We have so far conducted two successful Wildlife Expos in Beaudesert, a wildlife poetry evening, and a number of wildlife workshops on various themes (gliders, reptiles, wildlife corridors, finding rare and cryptic animals, potential impacts of coal seam gas industry and plans for conducting fauna surveys) throughout the Scenic Rim as well a arranging talks to schools and other groups and displaying at a number of public events such as the Beaudesert Show and World Environment Day at Boonah.

Non-members are welcome to our meetings and excursions. Let us know if you'd like to be on our mailing list for meetings and outings and general electronic discussion of wildlife and its conservation.

One of our major activities, started in late 2011 and continuing throughout 2012, is the compilation of information on wildlife along the proposed route of the CSG pipeline. See Fauna of the CSG Pipeline Route for details

Geographically, the 'Scenic Rim' refers to an arc of mountainous regions just over 100km south and west of Brisbane, adjoining the NSW border to the south and meeting the Gold Coast to the east.
Formed by three ancient volcanoes, it has rich soils and varied topography, supporting several kinds of rainforest, open forest and mountain heaths, and is one of the most species-rich regions of Australia, harbouring famous creatures such as kangaroos, koalas, lyrebirds, carpet pythons, wedge-tailed eagles and goannas, five of Australia's six gliding possum species, both monotreme species, all Australian snake and lizard families, and a vast number of invertebrates including glow worms, birdwing butterflies and one of the highest diversities of Gondwanan-related land snails. See Wildlife Information for details.
The Scenic Rim Regional Council encompasses much of this region, including Lamington National Park, Tamborine Mountain, Mount Barney, Beaudesert and Boonah, (but not the more northerly areas of Ipswich and Toowoomba), as shown on the Scenic Rim Map.
    Kookabura Regent Bowerbird Young Carpet Python Brown Tree Snake Sedge Frog Crimson Rosella Eastern Grey Kangaroo Goanna Satin Bowerbird