volunteers to help shorebirds
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.
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.
Shorebird Recovery coordinator for the Far South Coast, Amy Harris,
says that without volunteers shorebirds would really struggle.
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.
people, dogs, foxes, crows, gulls, storms and big tides the challenges
for shorebirds are significant.
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.
beaches get busier over the summer holidays so volunteers play
a critical role in helping shorebirds have a successful breeding
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
more information about the threatened shorebirds and how you can
become a volunteer contact NPWS on 44760834