Hooded Plover Project

The Hooded Plover project aims to increase understanding of the status, locations and trends of Hooded Plover breeding populations in Northern Tasmania and to prevent further decline of Hooded Plover breeding populations at sites where management actions have been implemented, compared with baseline data.

Hooded Plover Project focus area
Data and monitoring will be undertaken on Flinders Island and along Tasmania's east coast.

Focus

The project will establish baseline data on breeding population size and distribution, with a focus on Flinders Island and the east coast of Tasmania, to support planning of future on-ground actions. Safeguarding nesting sites by installing protective fencing in areas known to be vulnerable to human disturbance, engaging with the community to increase awareness of these vulnerable birds and managing coastal weeds in known breeding areas will improve nesting habitat and breeding attempts.

Value

A continuous decline has been observed in the habitat and number of mature Hooded Plover (Eastern) individuals, particularly of mainland Australian populations. Tasmania is believed to be home to approximately half of the remaining population of Hooded Plover (Eastern), with approximately 20% of known individuals occurring in north-eastern Tasmania and up to half of these occurring in the Furneaux Islands.

Key feeding and nesting habitat consists mainly of ocean beaches backed by dunes, however Hooded Plover also feed in saltmarshes, estuaries, coastal lagoons and mudflats. Nesting occurs predominantly on flat sandy beaches above the high tide mark, or sparsely vegetated dunes. Disturbance or destruction of nests by people, dogs, stock and vehicles on the beach pose the greatest threat to the species, as well as marine debris, invasive weeds, rising sea levels and extreme weather.

Hooded Plovers new water
Hooded Plover have distinctive black and red markings as adults, but camouflage in the sand as juveniles.
Hooded Plover egg in sand nest
Hooded Plover eggs can be difficult to see in the sand.

Delivery

The Hooded Plover Project will survey beaches of eastern Tasmania and Flinders Island for Hooded Plover breeding pairs and install temporary fencing, signage and monitor nesting locations, where nesting Hooded Plover are likely to be at high risk of disturbance. Control of coastal weeds will be facilitated through the engagement of community volunteers and contractors.

Delivery of the project will:

  • mobilise community volunteers in the Bay of Fires area to keep the area free of sea spurge;
  • map and control weed locations, engaging weed management contractor/s where necessary;
  • employ work crews, including an Aboriginal Ranger team, to map and control sea spurge and Cape Beach Daisy (Arctotheca populifolia) along the coastline of Flinders Island;
  • educate the community and raise awareness of threats to Hooded Plover and protection strategies through temporary beach signage, one-on-one consultation, school programs, events and digital communications; and
  • conduct social survey of knowledge and attitudes towards beach use to provide baseline data for current and future work.

Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

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