Shorebird monitoring

The sandy coastline and pristine waters on the western edge of the Great Australian Bight provides an ideal habitat for many endangered migratory and resident shorebird species. This area, which starts 200 kilometres west of Ceduna, is also part of the nearby Yalata community’s Indigenous Protected Area. Due to the extremely remote location, recreational activities in this area have been unchecked for many years.

Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara is working in partnership with the Yalata Community to restore and preserve this unique area. This has included undertaking beach maintenance projects and shorebird monitoring and threat assessment projects to ensure threats associated with the recreational fishery in the area are not impacting upon shorebird species.

Shorebird monitoring involves annual counts of resident and migratory shorebirds to determine if recreational activities in the area are impacting on bird species and their habitat and determine the level of impact that this fishery is having in the area. Threat assessments are undertaken annually around campsite areas during the mulloway fishing season when visitor numbers are at their peak. These assessments aim to determine if threats such as high quad bike usage, which was recorded in 2012, and pest species are disturbing the shorebirds’ breeding success. These measures are used to inform future management strategies for the resident and migratory shorebird species in these areas.

Lead agency

Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara

Partners

Yalata Community

Location