Hooded Plover
Hooded Plover (photograph: EJ WOEHLER )

How to help protect shorebird habitat during breeding season

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​The shorebird nesting season has now begun on Tasmania’s beaches. It is important for the community to be aware of these vulnerable birds in the environment and to avoid disturbing them as much as possible at this critical time of their life cycle. 

​​Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) reminds  the community to follow some simple procedures during the season such as walking only on the wet sand away from breeding areas, being cautious about bringing dogs onto a beach/keeping dogs on a leash, following signage and keeping a safe distance from their nests. Taking vehicles onto vehicles should also be avoided to minimise nest disturbance. 

Hooded Plover

Hooded Plover

​Beach-goers can also do their part to keep shorebirds safe during this season by de-sexing cats, disposing of waste responsibly, picking up any litter and fishing line, and by not collecting seaweed or other beach materials. 

Populations of shorebirds in Tasmania are declining, and PWS staff have been working together with councils and community groups to set up shorebird fencing for the annual season to help protect these birds. 

The shorebird nesting season occurs from September to March each year. 

Beach-goers are reminded to check their local council website for information on where they can exercise dogs and what limits may apply.

For more information about the shorebirds visit the PWS website.​ 

Published 30/09/2021