Awareness and protection of migratory and resident shorebirds

NRM South is involved in the protection of shorebird habitat and in raising awareness of the threats to our valuable shorebird population.

Data collected by BirdLife Tasmania, through annual shorebird surveys and with support from NRM South, community and local government, has identified serious decline in resident shorebirds breeding success and recruitment.

This is a statewide issue, which is being addressed with support from NRM North and Cradle Coast NRM. Recent listing of Hooded Plover (pictured by Eric Woehler- BirdLife) and the beach nesting Little and Fairy Tern as vulnerable under EPBC act indicates that the rate of decline is far more serious. Work includes increasing awareness, reducing pressures and continual monitoring of these species to guide decision making and conservation efforts.

NRM South supports a resident shorebird awareness and protection program across targeted locations in Southern Tasmania to work with the local community, visitors during tourist season, volunteer groups and a range of partners in coastal Southern Tasmania.

The project aims to deliver a range of engagement and protection activities including Discovery Ranger activities, responsible dog ownership events, displays and information distribution, installation of temporary/permanent protection around key breeding sites, surveying and monitoring, installation of interpretive signage and feral control activities.

The South East Regional Shorebird Alliance’s (SERSA) aim is to ensure that beach nesting shorebirds, including Little Penguin, are able to recruit and maintain populations through successful breeding, and into the future to reduce their rapid decline across Tasmania, and to work with the community to directly contribute to this effort.

SERSA works collaboratively, bringing knowledge and experience, resource sharing and development of activities in the region. SERSA is made up of representatives from; local government, including some co-funded NRM Facilitator positions through NRM South within Sorell, Tasman, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Huon, Kingborough and working with Clarence Councils; BirdLife Tasmania; Parks and Wildlife Service (including the Discovery Ranger program); and NRM South. Coastal community groups also support and promote shorebird messages.

NRM South’s role in this project is to drive the alliance and support regional activity. This includes; addressing local issues; lead and develop communications, including publications and information resources; funding to Facilitator roles; project funds to partners to deliver their specific activities where relevant including monitoring; community events, signage and fencing; and schools education.

Engagement resources available include magnets, flyer, posters and postcards developed by Tasman and Glamorgan Spring Bay Councils with local schools.

See here for more information on the Shorebirds 2020 program with Birdlife Tasmania

See information on the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery Ranger program (Summer activities)

See the summary on resident shorebirds and migratory shorebirds in Tasmania

Photo: Paul Gray

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