The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
(NPWS) seek volunteers to help in community efforts to reverse a
longer term fall in the number of threatened and endangered shorebird
species which are just starting to nest on the Far South Coast.
Volunteers have been the backbone of the
NPWS Shorebird Recovery effort for the past decade and have made
huge impact in helping to stall the decline of species such as the
threatened Little Tern.
NPWS Shorebird Recovery coordinator for
the Far South Coast, Amy Harris, says that without volunteers shorebirds
would really struggle.
“The big issue for shorebirds is that
they breed in the same space that people like to play at around
the same time of the year - on beaches and sand spits. To make things
more difficult they lay eggs which are speckled and really well
camouflaged to blend in with the shell grit, seaweed and debris
that washes up on the shoreline. So often people and their pets
can interrupt nesting on a beach or sand spit without really knowing.
“With people, dogs, foxes, crows,
gulls, storms and big tides the challenges for shorebirds are significant.
“This is where volunteers come in.
They help us set up fenced off areas, post signs and some just spend
days taking turns watching over nesting groups of birds, explaining
things to locals and visitors and reminding people to keep pets
“The beaches get busier over the summer
holidays so volunteers play a critical role in helping shorebirds
have a successful breeding season.
The NPWS is always looking to involve the
community in the program “we are looking for as many people
as we can find because many hands makes light work and the shorebirds
really need all the help they can get,” the NPWS shorebird