The first Hooded Plover eggs of the season (pictured below) have been found on 13th Beach, between 40 and 42W. Our team quickly put signs up and roped off the area to give them the best chance of survival. Hooded Plovers are protective parents and will see you as…
Protection of Vulnerable
Barwon Coast work closely with local conservation groups to protect Hooded Plovers. Hooded Plovers are one of Australia’s most vulnerable birds and are protected wildlife under State and Federal legislation. There are only an estimated 550 Hooded Plovers surviving along the entire Victorian coastline, with resident pairs living along Ocean Grove and 13th Beaches.
These tiny birds (affectionately known as ‘Hoodies’) nest along the Barwon Coast from September to March. The breeding habits of Hoodies mean that they are in direct conflict with not only humans and dogs, but also with introduced predators such as foxes and cats.
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Temporary Exclusion Zones
Hoodies nest along our beaches during the busy summer months, competing for space with humans and our pets. To enable our local Hoodies the space they need to survive, Barwon Coast temporarily close parts of the beach on an ‘as-needs’ basis during the breeding season. These cordoned-off areas are called Temporary Exclusions Zones.
Temporary Exclusion Zones are declared under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 regulations. They require people, dogs and horses not to enter the area fenced areas. By temporarily creating an area of exclusion wildlife will be given the chance to be left undisturbed to rest, recover or breed as needed.
Current Nesting Sites & Temporary Exclusion Zones
BirdLife Australia’s Friends of the Hooded Plovers are an active volunteer group that is involved in monitoring, protecting and educating beach users about the plight of the Hooded Plovers. Without this group of amazing volunteers, the birds would stand no chance.
To find out more about beach nesting birds visit the National Beach-nesting Birds project
To register as a volunteer, and learn more about the roles volunteers can play in beach-nesting bird conservation visit the Birdlife Australia Volunteer hub.