Hooded Plover Protection Project

SGLN together with Bass Coast Landcare, Birdlife Australia, Friends of Hooded Plovers and Tarwin Landcare Group are protecting Hooded Plovers


SGLN together with Bass Coast Landcare, Birdlife Australia, Friends of Hooded Plovers and Tarwin Landcare Group have launched a  program to protect Hooded Plovers along the shorelines between San Remo to Waratah Bay.  

The program has been funded by the Australian Government and guided by the Threatened Species Action Plan.  

Activities include delivering a fox control program, a euphorbia paralias (sea spurge) biocontrol release program, an awareness campaign, volunteer recruitment and hooded plover monitoring workshops.  The program will run over the summer months.

For more information contact Kirsty Richardson



Along the sandy beaches between San Remo and Waratah Bay lives a special little shorebird called the Hooded Plover.  Hooded Plovers are medium-sized shorebirds found along the shorelines of beaches, and typically nest on the sand during the busy summer months when we are also enjoying the beach.  Unfortunately, because their nests and chicks are so small and well camouflaged, they can be easily crushed underfoot or destroyed by dogs and foxes.  

Hooded Plovers are shy by nature and easily disturbed by beachgoers and animals.  If disturbed, adult Hooded Plovers may abandon their nest leaving chicks vulnerable to predators or starvation. 

To ensure Hooded Plovers have a successful breeding season this year we can all play a part in protecting them. 

While enjoying the beach this summer you can help a Hooded Plover by:

  • Walking your dog on a leash at all beaches
  • Keep to designated paths and walking areas 
  • Following beach signage suggestions to protect shorebirds
  • Maintaining a distance from fenced off areas 
  • Walk close to the water’s edge where possible 
  • Place towels and beach activities well away from nests (not between the nests and shoreline). 

We can all enjoy our beautiful Gippsland beaches this summer while sharing them with these special birds. 

This article was prepared by South Gippsland Landcare Network, 2022 and the project is supported through funding by the Australian Government.

Project partners: Bass Coast Landcare, Birdlife Australia, Friends of Hooded Plovers and Tarwin Landcare Group.

Photo Credits: Glenn Ehmke, Birdlife Australia  (High Res images in email attachment)



South Gippsland Landcare Network’s Hooded Plover Protection Project hosted an information stall at the Tarwin Village Market in January.  

The passionate team including BirdLife Australia shared tips and tricks for sharing the beach with Hooded Plovers and distributed information flyers, free activity packs and stickers for kids.

SGLN would like to thank the team at the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute Memorial Hall for their help and support. 

For more information on the project contact Kirsty Richardson.



The Birdlife Australia, Beach-nesting Birds Team is the leading authority on the management  of Hooded Plovers across Australia. They tackle the challenges of Hooded Plover conservation from many angles  based upon the knowledge gained from years of detailed scientific research.
Their work includes;

  • raising awareness of the plight of beach-nesting birds within coastal communities
  • educational programs for students and their teachers across all age groups
  • conducting management workshops for volunteers and land managers
  • lobbying all levels of government
  • application for grants and ethics permits to maintain their research projects
  • maintenance of the web portal for the collection of data on the distribution of bird populations and their breeding activity across south-east Australia
  • conducting a biannual count of Hooded Plovers across South-east Australia
  • maintaining support for the 13 ‘Friends’ groups

More info at birdlife.org.au

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