Endangered Manning River turtle hatchlings have been spotted in the wild for the first time since surveying for the freshwater species began in 2019.
The hatchlings give researchers an indication about the endangered species' nesting and breeding habits.
Researchers say the tiny hatchlings provide an insight into the early life stages of the species.
Mr Gollan, a HLLS senior land services officer, said a team of ecologists recorded the first sighting of Manning River turtle hatchlings in recent weeks.
"We found three hatchlings and then a week later found another hatchling … all believed to be within a week old," he said.
Manning River turtle numbers have declined significantly in recent years due to threats, including predation and habitat loss.
Efforts were also underway to have the Manning River turtle listed as endangered federally, as well as its current NSW endangered listing. »