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The Tuross Bird Pervers

The Tuross Bird Pervers are a group of dedicated Bird Pervers who meet socially to discuss the ornathology and wildlife of the area.

An online collection of photographs called Wild Tuross has been established to showcase the wonderful variety of flora and fauna we have in this area.

The photos can be seen here and should you wish to contribute any of your own to the collection please contact us.

Sick or injured seabirds - ring 0431282238

 

For a useful research tool the Birds in the Backyard website is wonderful site presented
by the Australian Museum to help you identify your birds by sight or by call

 

The Tuross Little Tern Project

The Pied Oyster Catcher by Heather Colman

 

 

NPWS seeks volunteers to help shorebirds

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 a
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 under control.

“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 Co-ordinator said.

For more information about the threatened shorebirds and how you can become a volunteer contact NPWS on 44760834