Fixated on fledglings – 10 years of monitoring the breeding success of the Hooded Plover and other beach nesting birds in SA

Ms Emma Stephens1, Ms Aleisa Lamanna2, Dr Grainne Maguire3, Dr Meghan Cullen4, Ms Renee Mead5, Mr Tony Flaherty6

1Birdlife Australia, Natural Resources AMLR, Adelaide, Australia, 2Birdlife Australia, Natural Resources AMLR, Adelaide, Australia, 3BirdLife Australia, Melbourne, Australia, 4BirdLife Australia, Melbourne, Australia, 5BirdLife Australia, Melbourne, Australia, 6Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, Adelaide, Australia

Beach-nesting Birds are at the coalface on our beaches. They act as indicators of coastal health and are a great way to connect with the community. Since 2009 BirdLife Australia and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges have partnered to monitor and assist the breeding success of these tiny but tenacious birds. Many of the sites these birds use are on land under care and control of local government, and key to their conservation are partnerships with local councils to increase awareness of beach-goers and local management of nest sites. A snapshot of key findings in the 10 years of intensive Hooded Plover monitoring on the Fleurieu Peninsula and the first season of Fairy Tern monitoring on Bird Island, Outer Harbour will be presented. How are these species fairing across southern Australia and what can you do to help?


Emma Stephens and Aleisa Lamanna coordinate the Sharing our Shores with Coastal Wildlife Project, hosted by BirdLife Australia and supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. The Project focuses on coastal bird research and conservation including a number of citizen science and awareness raising programs.

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