Summary:

• Local volunteers and their knowledge were well utilised
• A sound long term monitoring program has been developed
• Innovation and adaptability has been demonstrated in the development of management actions
• An integrated approach at targeting all known threats to shorebirds has been adopted
•Project information and outcomes have been well publicised to a wide range of audiences through mainstream and specialised media

 

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Our Achievements:

Beach Signs

Outcomes for the environment

• Public awareness has been raised by installing interpretive signs at key shorebird locations, the production of posters and brochures, newsletter and newspaper articles, public talks, conference presentations, radio and television interviews.
• Stationing volunteer wardens at key sites and installing temporary fencing has reduced human disturbance.
• Protection from native and introduced predators has been attempted by installing
electric fences and predator exclusion cages around nests and controlling foxes.
• A comprehensive monitoring program has been established.
• Valuable information on the ecology of shorebirds and expertise in shorebird management has been gained.

Outcomes for participants

• The NPWS, with the help of volunteers, has achieved more for shorebird conservation than it could have on its own.
• Volunteers have gained a wide range of skills including field skills, construction and maintenance skills and planning, communication and negotiation skills by being involved with this project.
• A useful exchange of information and ideas has developed between volunteers, the NPWS and others involved in shorebird conservation both in Australia and overseas.

Measures of success

Beach Signs

The regular monitoring of shorebird numbers and nesting success has enabled the project to evaluate its past management activities. Some of the key conservation outcomes of the project include:
• Increased numbers of eggs, chicks and fledglings of pied oystercatchers, hooded plovers, and little terns following management actions.
• Birds have successfully bred and fledged young on busy and heavily used beaches following careful management.
• Reasons for nest failure were able to be accurately determined in most cases.
• A number of scientific documents based on the findings of the project have been published, indicating the quality and importance of the data obtained.

Future Directions

Continued evolution of management actions and strategies as required.
Continued expansion of the project and provision of adequate staffing and funding.

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