Wader declines in Victoria (Aust.)

Subject: Wader declines in Victoria (Aust.)
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 08:45:39 +1000

From: Martin  on 04/02/2002 08:45 AM

Subject:  Wader declines in Victoria (Aust.)

Thought the following of interest to list members.

As I mentioned last year, the Victorian Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has
made recommendations to list (under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act) the
following two species of wader as threatened in Victoria.

                       Great Knot and Grey-tailed Tattler

Among the reasons given for the declines in each of the short Recommendation
Reports is the comment:

'There are three main threats to the long-term conservation of migratory
waterbirds generally: habitat loss, habitat degradation and harvesting of
waterbirds.  The major threats to Great Knot appear to be from hunting and
habitat loss in China (Watkins 1993).'

It is widely understood that similar threats are acting on a number of waders
visiting Australia.

The full reference for Watkins is:

Watkins, D. (1993) A National Plan for Shorebird Conservation in Australia.
Australian Wader Studies Group, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.  RAOU
Report No. 90.

Details on migratory waterbird agreements and threatened wader birds can be
found at:

Asia-Pacific Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy: 2001-2005

Copies of the short SAC Reports are available from me.  Please supply a mailing
address if interested.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer, Scientific Advisory Committee
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde., East Melbourne  3002  AUSTRALIA

Tel: 9412 4567  Fax: 9412 4586
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