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Gympie | Cooloola | Sunshine Coast




The Fauna Catcher specialises primarily in fauna spotter catcher services. Operating mostly in the Gympie region and on the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts, The Fauna Catcher is also available for projects across Queensland and beyond.  

The Fauna Catcher has very low overheads, so is able to offer highly competitive prices. With extensive experience across a wide range of projects and a dedication to providing the best possible outcomes for both your business and the environment, you can be confident that The Fauna Catcher will contribute to the smooth completion of your next project.

NATHAN BIGNELL (Owner/Director)

Nathan has been a professional Fauna Spotter Catcher since 2013. He has worked for a diverse range of clients on projects large and small, including: 

  • Residential developments—from small single lot clearings to complex large scale projects such as Aura on the Sunshine Coast

  • Dewatering projects—both saltwater and freshwater, from small dams to large creek catchments and lakes

  • Public infrastructure projects—clearing for new roads, road widenings, and maintenance

  • Large scale private infrastructure projects—CSG and pipeline projects


Nathan has a wealth of experience dealing with native wildlife. In 2005 he joined WIRES (the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service) and became a volunteer native wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator specialising in reptiles. After moving to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in 2010, he continued volunteering as a carer with Wildcare, WILVOs, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, and the Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. 


During his many years as a wildlife carer, Nathan developed excellent skills in native wildlife identification, capture, relocation, handling, and husbandry. In 2013, he decided to leave his career as an ICT Systems Administrator and pursue his passion for rescuing wildlife full-time as a Fauna Spotter Catcher. 


  • Spotter Catcher endorsed Rehabilitation permit

  • Damage Mitigation Permit

  • PMASUP236 Operate vehicles in the field

  • Fire Ant Awareness Training

  • ISI—Industry Safety Induction

  • AHCBIO201A Inspect and clean machinery for plant, animal and soil material

  • Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management

  • Certificate III in Horticulture

  • Chainsaw Certificate Level 1 and 2

  • Commercial Use Drone Permit

  • ACDC Licence (Commercial Operator's Licence for ground distribution of herbicides)

  • Vaccinations for Q Fever, Tetanus and Lyssavirus

  • EWP Operator Licence (Yellow Card)