Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Shoalhaven issues shorebird warning

Shoalhaven City Council on the NSW south coast is asking locals and visitors to the area’s beaches to help protect shorebirds during their breeding season from August to March.

During this time, Council says the coastline is home to shorebirds who build their nests on the sand.

“It is important to be aware and avoid disturbing them as they forage and breed during this critical time of their life cycle,” Council said in a statement.

“Breeding shorebirds and their eggs are very well camouflaged, making them hard to spot, but there are simple things that beach goers can do to look after our shorebirds.”

  • Look out for bird nesting signs and stay away from roped-off nesting areas;
  • Stick to the wet sand and give the birds plenty of space;
  • Be mindful about taking your dog to the beach. Always follow the signage in off-leash areas, keep your dog away from soft sand dune areas, and where required keep your dog on a leash.   

Council says their rangers work closely with National Parks and Wildlife Service to patrol shorebird nesting areas and provide education to dog owners on the importance of staying away from the dog prohibited areas.

South Coast shorebird volunteers also monitor and protect shorebird breeding habitats from August until March each year. 

Ranger Services Lead with Shoalhaven City Council, Tony Pearman said many of the area’s nesting shorebirds are endangered and their survival relies on local beaches for a safe nesting habitat.

“By staying away from roped-off nesting areas and keeping our dogs under control we can all help save these birds from extinction,” said Mr Pearman.

For more information on shorebirds, visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service webpage.

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