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WOTCH stands

for forests.

Wildlife of the Central Highlands (WOTCH) is a grassroots organisation working towards the protection of Victoria’s native forests and their flora, fauna and ecological values by means of citizen science, collaboration and community engagement.



WOTCH is a community of passionate volunteers and citizen scientists, dedicated to protecting the wildlife of the Central Highlands of Victoria. WOTCH was formed in 2014 by a small group of passionate individuals with the aim of identifying colonies of threatened species, especially the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum, Victoria’s faunal emblem, so as to protect their habitat from logging. Since then, we have worked tirelessly to this end.

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Get Involved

There are so many ways to get involved and be part of the movement to save our forests. Volunteer, reach out to forest groups near you, see if you can contribute to our wish list.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead


Connect with the forest network

There are over 20 different forest groups working to protect our magnificent native forests.

Volunteer opportunities

Whether it's surveying in the forest or sharing our story on the street, WOTCH can always use more help.


We can't do what we do without generous donations from supporters. Whether it's $2 or $20, every little bit counts.