Protecting the hooded plover

Stabilising the hooded plover population along the south-eastern coastline of Victoria and South Australia

Breeding hooded plovers are threatened by disturbance from humans and their companion animals. Key actions from this project include:  

1. Nest protection (fences and signage) at 284 priority nest sites,

2. Breeding success monitoring at protected nests (fortnightly to weekly),

3. Three rounds of population monitoring in 2018, 2020 and 2022 across all suitable habitat in the region,

4. Survey into barriers and benefits of walking dogs on-leach at the beach to inform the engagement strategy

5. Weed control of 1 ha Beach daisy.  

Project delivery depends on an active volunteer base and therefore services include the training of volunteer networks to undertake nest protection and monitoring and support for succession planning of volunteer groups. 

Investment: $1,500,000

Funding by: Australian Governments Regional Land Partnerships (RLP)

Delivery partners: BirdLife Australia, community volunteers

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RLP outcomes and investment prioritiesAnticipated contribution to RLP outcomes and investment priorities by 2023
Outcome 2. By 2023, the trajectory of species targeted under the Threatened Species Strategy, and other EPBC Act priority species, is stabilised or improved: 
Thinornis runicollis rubricollis (hooded plover (eastern))
Numenius madagascariensis (eastern curlew)
The hooded plover population is stabilised through recruitment of 90 fledglings by actively managing threats to 284 nest sites along  the South Australian and Victorian coastline. This represents an estimated increase of fledgling production by 70%. 

Future hooded plover management actions are supported through greater understanding of the trajectory of the population, via three rounds of population monitoring. 

Future hooded plover threat mitigation actions are informed by greater understanding of the barriers and benefits to walking dogs on-leash during the breeding season. 

So, what did we achieve?