Shorebird Protection

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.

NRM South supports numerous shorebird awareness and protection activities across targeted locations in Southern Tasmania, and works with a range of groups and partners in coastal Southern Tasmania as well as local community, tourists and volunteer groups. We have delivered a range of engagement and protection activities to protect threatened bird species 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.

Resident shorebird species at risk of coastal breeding impacts include EPBC-listed Hooded Plover and Fairy Tern, as well as Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers, Red-capped Plover, Black-fronted Dotterel and Masked and Banded Lapwings. Other migratory shorebirds also frequent our coastal areas, and are often at risk of disturbance.

South East Regional Shorebirds Alliance (SERSA)

The South East Regional Shorebirds Alliance is a collaboration with multiple government and not-for-profit organisations that supports community efforts in Southern Tasmania’s east coast to protect beach nesting shorebirds. Partners include Glamorgan Spring Bay, Tasman, Sorell, Clarence, Kingborough and Huon Valley Councils, Parks and Wildlife Service, BirdLife Tasmania and NRM South.

SERSA’s aim is to ensure that beach nesting shorebirds 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. Many shorebird species are in serious decline due to increased disturbance and in peak breeding season this results in reduced success rates for breeding pairs. Shorebirds generally nest in the back of beach, away from the shoreline, with well-camouflaged eggs laid into small depressions in the soft sand or directly on coastal vegetation/pebbles.

Shorebirds engagement figures 15-16
*Note- Discovery Rangers also have additional statistics from engaging individuals on the Spirit of Tasmania for 15-16 yet to be added.

NRM South’s role in this collaboration has been to drive the alliance and support regional activity. This includes; addressing local issues; leading and developing communications (including publications and information resources). NRM South also provides funding for NRM Facilitator roles as well as project funds for partners to deliver their specific activities (e.g. Discovery Rangers), including monitoring, community events, signage, fencing, and schools education. Click here for more information about the program.