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Shorebird recovery and protection
Shoalhaven Council works closely with National Parks, other government agencies, shorebird support groups and landowners to undertake a range of actions to protect the breeding activities of 4 species of endangered shorebirds.

Key species are the Little Tern, Hooded Plover and the Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers.

Council activities include:
  • Predator control, especially foxes and ravens.
  • Signage and community education, especially in regard to dogs on beaches and the disruption of shorebird nest sites. View the latest Council Shorebird Nesting brochure (PDF 168 kb)
  • Assisting landowners in adjoining target zones with fox control.  A combination of baiting, trapping and shooting is conducted in adjoining areas in National Parks, Council reserves and on private lands generally at least within 5km of the nesting sites. Baiting generally runs between August and March.  View a map of the 1080 baiting sites during 2010 (PDF 676 kb)
  • Limited ranger presence at beaches to enforce regulations regarding dogs during tourist times. Dogs are prohibited within 200m of any identified shorebird nesting site and are only permitted to be off leash in designated areas.
Much of the Council effort has been assisted through grant funding through various State and Commonwealth Government programs.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service undertake the main responsibilities for the Shorebird Recovery Program. Read the Final Report for the 2010-2011 Breeding Season (PDF 1.96 mb)