Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula will begin their winter surveys on the Hooded Plover at six inland locations across the region during the non-breeding months.
The hooded plover winter surveys are a part of the Saltmarsh Threat Abatement and recovery project that will continue through until 2023.
The Hooded Plover is listed as a threatened species which nest above the high tide mark between August and April.
Natural Resources Management (NRM) Officer, Alex Fraser says these surveys will complement existing Hooded Plover surveys on the coast which take place during the breeding season.
Mr. Fraser said. “Although many Hooded Plovers stay on beaches during the winter, they’ve also been reported on inland lakes in the past and we’re keen to learn more about inland areas that may be used by these birds to help us protect them.”
Inland sites such as Sceale Bay, Lake Greenly, Lake Newland and Sleaford Mere Conservation Parks will be included, as these sites have had Hooded Plovers recorded during winter in the past.
“Reports of them flocking along the coast have already been received – this is a spectacular sight for bird lovers and volunteers.
“Winter surveys will help us learn more about where flocks can be found which is significant for the future conservation and management of this threatened species.”
For more information contact your local NRM office and find out how to be involved or call (08) 8625 3144
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