Protection of Vulnerable
Hooded Plovers

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 740 Hooded Plovers surviving along the entire Victorian coastline (Birdlife Australia 2022).

There are 11 resident breeding pairs living along our local coastline including Point Lonsdale, Collendina, Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads (13th Beach) and Breamlea.

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.

You Can Make a Difference

Help Protect These Vulnerable Birds

Hooded Plover Eggs

Hoodies make a scrape in the sand along the beach to lay their eggs above the high tide level on the dune side of the beach. Their eggs are almost impossible to see, which makes them easy to step on. Eggs are incubated for 4 weeks.

Hooded Plover Chicks

The tiny flightless chicks need to feed along the water’s edge for 5 weeks until they fledge (fly). During this time they are fragile and defenseless, making them extremely vulnerable to threats.

Juvenile Hooded Plovers

Help Barwon Coast protect these vulnerable beach nesting birds by staying close to the water’s edge, obeying signs and keeping clear of fenced areas, and keeping dogs on a lead and out of breeding zones.

Latest Hoodie Updates

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

Get Invloved

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.