The Merri Paddle

The Merri Paddle is a local group formed with the mission:
To lay the foundations for the eventual return of the platypus to Merri Creek, by working with existing organisations to promote restoration of the creek, with a focus on reversing the damage done by Urban Stream Syndrome.
See the Paddle's introductory video, Who are the Merri Paddle?


Welcome to the Merri Paddle - webinar

Returning the Platypus to the Merri - brochure

Articles and Publications

A good overview of The Merri Paddle:
The Merri Paddle: Dreaming the (im)possible dream (Science Victoria, December 2022, p7-8)

Merri Paddle – options and opportunities: a discussion paper (November 2023)


Platypus information resources

Platypus fact sheet - Melbourne Water - brochure covering their work in support of the Platypus.
Platypus census - Melbourne Water - Platypus around Melbourne, water sampling, education resources and how you can help.
The Great Australian Platypus search - a citizen science project, including resources for schools.
Returning Platypuses to Merri Creek, Josh Griffiths, EnviroDNA. Report commissioned by the Merri Paddle
platypusSPOT - download the App, and help with Platypus conservation by posting any of your sightings.
The Australian Platypus Conservancy - comprehensive website with a wide range of resources.

Scientific articles on the Platypus

Klamt et al., Early response of the platypus to climate warming (Global Change Biology (2011) 17, 3011–3018)

Klamt et al., Trophic relationships of the platypus: insights from stable isotope and cheek pouch dietary analyses (Marine and Freshwater Research, 2015)
Bino et al., The platypus: evolutionary history, biology, and an uncertain future (Journal of Mammalogy, 100(2):308–327, 2019)


A massive thank you to Anastazja Harding - @anastazja_harding, for designing, drawing and creating our beautiful logo!


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If you'd like to get involved, or for any further information please contact Peter Ewer: