THE FAUNA CATCHER

Helping wildlife impacted by human activity

Our story

The Fauna Catcher was established in 2018 as an environmental consultancy dedicated solely to offering fauna spotter catcher services, operating under a Rehabilitation Permit (Spotter Catcher activities) issued by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

The Fauna Catcher's team members are passionate about the welfare of native animals, have extensive hands-on experience handling wildlife, and can effectively deal with any fauna-related situation that may arise on a job site. We take a pragmatic approach to fauna management, and work closely with clients to ensure animal welfare without causing unnecessary project delays.

 

Operating as a mobile service, The Fauna Catcher has low overheads and is therefore able to offer competitive hourly and daily rates for projects large and small. Based in the northern Sunshine Coast hinterland, The Fauna Catcher team works regularly across the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Moreton Bay, Fraser Coast, and Wide Bay Burnett regions.

Our team

The Fauna Catcher's team members are appropriately qualified and licensed to carry out fauna spotter catcher activities. We are committed to best practice and continuous learning and development, and we are actively engaged in the wildlife management community. Perhaps most importantly, we love what we do!

We have worked with a diverse range of clients on many types of projects, including: 

  • Residential developments—from small single lot clearings to complex large scale projects;

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

  • Public infrastructure projects—small- and large-scale vegetation clearing for new roads, road widenings, and infrastructure maintenance;

  • Large-scale private infrastructure projects—CSG, pipeline, and dam projects;

  • And more!

Nathan Bignell wearing a hi-vis shirt and holding a baby Greater Glider.
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Nathan Bignell

Owner / Principal Fauna Spotter Catcher

Nathan has been a professional Fauna Spotter Catcher since 2013. After gaining a wealth of experience working for several environmental consultants on a diverse range of projects across Queensland and Western Australia, he started The Fauna Catcher in 2018.

Nathan has been fascinated by Australian wildlife, particularly reptiles, since he was a child growing up in Brisbane's outer suburbs.

 

After studying Environmental Science at Griffith University, he changed direction and built a successful 20-year career as an ICT Systems Administrator in Sydney.

 

However, in 2006 his true passion called, and he joined WIRES (the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service) as a volunteer wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator specialising in reptiles and frogs.

 

After moving to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in 2010, he continued volunteering as a carer with several organisations and working casually as a snake catcher. In 2013, he decided to quit ICT and pursue a full-time career as a Fauna Spotter Catcher.

 

During his many years as a volunteer wildlife carer and professional Fauna Spotter Catcher, Nathan has developed excellent skills in native wildlife identification, capture, relocation, handling, and husbandry.

He also holds a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management and a Certificate III in Horticulture, and has a thorough working knowledge of native plant and weed species.

Shanna Bignell holding a turtle.
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Shanna Bignell

General Manager / Fauna Spotter Catcher

Shanna has always been passionate about the environment, and began caring for wildlife alongside husband Nathan in 2006. Together, they have rescued and rehabilitated hundreds of native animals, particularly snakes, lizards, turtles, and frogs.

She holds a degree in journalism, and was a full time communications professional for 20 years before joining The Fauna Catcher in 2021.

 

As well as working in the field as a Fauna Spotter Catcher, she manages the business's day-to-day admin and marketing as General Manager.

Shanna has been a keen wildlife photographer since 2012, winning several awards and launching her own website, Feathertail Photography.

 

Through both her photography and her fauna spotter catcher work, she hopes to encourage people to learn more about our extraordinary native animals and plants.

Graeme Hunter holding an Eastern Water Dragon.
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Graeme Hunter

Fauna Spotter Catcher

Graeme joined The Fauna Catcher in 2020. An adept animal handler, with a keen eye for spotting wildlife activity in all landscapes, his expertise and fauna identification skills have continued to expand since working on a wide range of projects across southeast Queensland.

Graeme has always had a passion for animals, particularly reptiles. Growing up in NSW, he spent a lot of time in the bush looking for snakes and lizards, and later owned, reared and cared for injured reptiles.

 

His extensive hands-on experience eventually led to snake catching professionally on the Sunshine Coast, and he has since taken this passion into his role as a Fauna Spotter Catcher. 

Graeme enjoyed a successful career as a hospitality operations manager and then as a licensed electrician before moving into wildlife management. His wealth of knowledge from working in the construction and customer service industries has equipped him with strong communication skills and an excellent understanding of clients’ needs, enabling him to deliver high quality, tailored services to our clients. ​

Rhys Chapman
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Rhys Chapman

Fauna Spotter Catcher

Rhys is the owner of Rhys Chapman Wildlife Services. Since 2016, he has provided a range of services across the Sunshine Coast, including snake relocation and identification, possum, turkey, and rodent trapping, roof and yard inspections, custom built indoor and outdoor enclosures, and more!

In 2021 he joined The Fauna Catcher, utilising his vast hands-on wildlife experience and calm, professional approach to rescue and relocate animals on a range of projects and work sites.

Rhys is passionate about educating people to respect and understand wildlife, and to interact safely with it. He is strongly committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of both people and animals.

He is also a qualified boilermaker, which comes in handy when our snake hooks need repairing!