Faunatech was established in 1991 with the primary objective to
design and produce innovative and high quality field equipment for
Operating from Eltham, Victoria, we began producing foolproof spotlighting
gear, audio playback equipment and an early version of the Hairfunnel.
Demand, and a growing product range quickly dictated the acquisition
of extra staff, and investment in additional specialised equipment.
Next, we added a range of specialised radio tracking transmitters
and antenna towers to our catalogue. As momentum picked up, and
in direct response to customers' requirements, we undertook more
ambitious and sophisticated development programmes, adding electronic
surveillance and monitoring systems, followed by the Austbat Harptrap.
In 2000, Faunatech /Austbat relocated to rural Victoria, purchasing
property north of Bairnsdale on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Here
we constructed a purpose-designed workshop to facilitate the efficient
production of our now extensive range of products. With specialised
areas for electronics, precision plastics moulding, metal shop/welding,
funnel manufacture and bat trap assembly, we have succeeded in the
establishment of a well-resourced, efficient and pleasant work environment.
Further to this, we have elected to re-assign the remainder of
our property (previously agricultural) to a habitat restoration
model. We are gradually re-establishing native vegetation and structure,
nominating the property for Land for Wildlife status.
A note on Ross Meggs, founder and
My interest in natural history began early, with involvement in
field naturalists clubs and environmental organisations. This led
to participation, as a volunteer, in numerous rigorous wildlife
research programmes. I remain a committed conservationist, keen
bird-watcher and outdoor pursuits enthusiast. I hold a private pilot's
licence, and am (slowly) building a small two-seat homebuilt aeroplane.
Formal studies undertaken include environmental and resource management,
electronics, computer technology, metal machining and welding.
My employment path began with a number of technical trade positions,
followed by a long stretch of tree surgery work. Shifting focus
during the 1980's, I gained employment with a number of Government
organisations, where I became involved in broadscale fauna surveys
and forest ecology studies in several States.
Through the course of biological fieldwork, my colleagues and I
were frequently hindered by the unavailability of reliable and practical
research equipment. It was common at that time for research personnel
to tolerate inappropriate or unreliable survey tools in the course
of their fieldwork. This paucity of specialised equipment sparked
the genesis of Faunatech.
Ross trapping for the endangered
Leadbeater's Possum in tall Mountain Ash forest.