Saltmarsh Threat Abatement and Recovery Project (STAR Project)
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula has commenced work to deliver the STAR Project thanks to funding from the Australian Government's Regional National Landcare Program. The project runs from 2019 until 2023 around the Eyre Peninsula and focuses on Temperate Saltmarshes - part of a nationally Threatened Ecological Community, and the Hooded plover - one of Australia’s top 20 threatened fauna species. Priority works include access management, threat abatement, revegetation, weed management, improving hydrological flows and removing marine debris.
We encourage you to get involved in learning about the important saltmarshes of Eyre Peninsula. Grow your knowledge of the in habitatsm, habitats they provide and help us in understanding and preventing the processes that threaten these amazing landscapes. Over the next four years keep an eye out on our events page for activities that might interest you, such as;
- Saltmarsh, Hooded plover and migratory shorebird workshops
- Monitoring migratory shorebirds, Hooded plover population counts (census) and breeding monitoring
- On-ground threat abatement actions for hooded plovers
- On-ground threat abatement projects for saltmarsh including rubbish removal, fencing and access projects
- Monitoring saltmarsh condition and other vegetation communities
- Hydrological flow projects with local government.
Eyre Peninsula’s coastline spans 3,292 kms; with 16 coastal embayment's; one third of SA's intertidal samphire habitats; approx. 23% of the national distribution of Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh and approx. 18% of the national Hooded plover distribution. Recommended actions within the Eyre Peninsula Coastal Action Plan are being used in the prioritise of initial on-ground works sites. These sites are high in conservation value, moderate to high risk and have high visibility to residential citizens and frequent tourists/visitors to the area. The STAR Project deliverables align with the:
Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula
Australian Government - Regional Land Partnership funding
Australian Government - Regional Land Partnerships
Wetlands and floodplains projects