A spotter catcher is a person licensed under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992 to detect, capture, care for, assess, and release wildlife disturbed by vegetation clearance activities. Kleinfelder has a team of highly qualified fauna ecologists who specialise in spotter catcher roles.
Construction sites can be complex, noisy working environments that contain enough risk on their own—even before factoring in disturbed and distressed wildlife. In addition to Queensland’s natural population of highly venomous snakes, disturbed and distressed animals behave defensively and are potentially very dangerous to workers. Kleinfelder’s team of highly qualified experienced spotter catchers manage construction sites during clearing operations by reducing risks to construction workers, helping meet construction milestones, and managing animal welfare.
Unlike most Queensland spotter catchers, Kleinfelder’s are qualified in vegetation pre-clearance assessment. They have completed a stringent series of courses—designed by Kleinfelder’s senior ecologists and Craig Adams of SSSafe—including snake safety and management, Work Cover construction induction, Senior First Aid, 4WDriver training, Queensland GI Safety Induction, and fauna catching and restraint, in addition to a Bachelor of Environmental Science or similar degree.
In most cases, spotter catches are required for development approval. Kleinfelder’s highly competent personnel, trained specifically in best practice methods for the safe and ethical removal of fauna, are the ideal addition to any construction risk management plan.