Hooded Plover

Subject: Hooded Plover
From: Paul Burcher <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:47:55 +1100
There has apparently been extensive damage to the nests of plovers and other beach nesting species on the south coast of NSW this season. There was an article in the Sydney Morning Herald on 30/12/2008 highlighting it ( but you now have to pay for the whole article as it's been archived. A similar article is available free at

Looks like a larger awareness campaign is required. Or chuck the offenders to all the sharks that are hanging around!



Dear Mr Jarman
I was delighted to read your email to birding news.
We are staying near Ulladulla beach where there is a (poorly) fenced area to protect the hooded plovers nest. By sheer chance we were on the beach when an exuberant staffordshire terrier nounded up to the two hooded plovers who were trotting along the beach together. We distracted and diverted him. Tried to find the owners however people said "he is a local dog who just visits the beach at will". We were/are all most concerned about this situation. The staffy finally bounded off with other beach walkers but can you believe that no less than 3! other dogs arried in the short space of some 30 minutes or so to the each. They all! investigated the nesting area. I believe that far firmer measures are required. e.g. stronger signage, some implemented punitive measures to the owners of these dogs and a better fenced area. ? is electric feasible? Appreciate your thoughts. I am sending copies of this email to the relevant department. I phoned 44548500 and got a message. Later in the day saw the ranger at Lake Conjola however he smiled shrugged and said "It happens all the time". So the current protection of this area is far from satisfactory. To the point where it basically may as well not be there.
Louise Howland
182 High Street
Kangaroo Flat 3555
Tel 0428551161

PS My cousin too some fabulous photos of the pair.
PSS We have now seen a similar situation at Lake Conjola


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