Hooded Plovers

Hooded Plovers are one of the threatened bird species that call the our local Southern Fleurieu beaches and dunes home. The State Government recognises their population as vulnerable. The Hooded Plover is also listed on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species.

Unfortunately the bird’s breeding season overlaps with the busiest time of the year for beach recreation (spring and summer) and their nests are often disturbed by beach goers, vehicles and dogs. The hooded plovers make simple nests in the sand and lay well camouflaged eggs that are difficult to spot when walking, riding or driving along the beach.

In an effort to help these birds to successfully raise their chicks Alexandrina Council works closely with volunteers and AMLRNRM to monitor and manage Hooded Plovers on our Beaches. This includes the erection of signs and temporary fencing to protect nesting birds or chicks. Volunteers spend countless hours observing chicks, building and placing chick shelters, giving out leaflets, educating beach goers and campaigning on social media. Due to the efforts of volunteers, land managers (local Councils, National Parks) and Natural Resources Management (NRM) Boards approximately 70% of nest hatched (62 chicks) in the 2015/2016 breeding season and 19 chicks fledged across the Fleurieu Peninsula. In previous years there only 30-40% hatched and 8-9 chicks fledged.

If you walk your dog on the beach, ride your horse or go for a 4WD tour please respect protected areas. Please restrain your dogs on beaches where leashes are compulsory. The disturbance of nests can lead to eggs failing to hatch or the starvation of chicks when adult birds are absent for long periods of time. For more information please visit the following web pages:

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