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Plover Patrols Begin

Plover Patrols Begin

Beach patrols to keep hooded plovers safe

As beaches become busier with the warmer weather, beachgoers are being encouraged to look out for hooded plovers nesting along shorelines from Nelson to the Bellarine Peninsula.

Conservation Regulator Officers and Parks Victoria Rangers are patrolling local beaches to protect the threatened species and raise awareness of how beach users can help the plight of the beach-nesting birds.

Hooded plovers lay their eggs in shallow sand scrapes from August to March, which can be easily trampled on by beach users and wayward dogs.

Officers and Rangers are encouraging people to take note of signage at beaches advising of hooded plover nests, give the birds plenty of space and keep dogs away from fenced-off nesting areas.

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During the nesting season the Conservation Regulator and Parks Victoria will have a presence at beaches near Portland, Port Fairy, Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Moggs Creek, Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.

The timing and locations of patrols will be based on data provided by BirdLife Australia, which coordinates the monitoring of hooded plovers along Victoria’s coastline.

Last breeding season BirdLife recorded 1,003 hooded plover eggs along Victoria’s coastline.

185 hatched and only 66 chicks survived to become juveniles, including 26 on shorelines between Port Fairy and the Bellarine Peninsula.

The Conservation Regulator investigates reports of dogs harassing hooded plovers. Reports can be made to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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