Hooded Plover Watch is a community-based initiative aimed at monitoring and improving Hooded Plover breeding success on Phillip Island. Hooded Plovers typically nest on the ground on ocean beaches in the busy summer months. The nests and chicks are extremely well camouflaged and prone to being crushed underfoot, destroyed by uncontrolled dogs and forced off their nests or away from their chicks by human disturbance.
How you can help Hooded Plover conservation:
- Walk your dog on a leash whenever you are at the beach.
- Maintain a distance from fenced off areas
- Always be vigilant for Hooded Plovers and their behaviour; despite our best efforts the birds may move from the protected areas
- Sign up to become a ‘Hooded Plover Watch’ volunteer by contacting Rachael at email@example.com
Volunteers help monitor nest sites and educate the public about the importance of keeping themselves and dogs away from nesting areas. The Hooded Plover Watch program is conducted throughout the year but ramps up during the breeding season from late spring to early autumn. Counts of all birds on beaches are held quarterly to monitor the species in the long term.
Eleven chicks have made it to fledging (able to fly) so far this season; far better than average up until this point when compared to previous breeding seasons.
Phillip Island 2016/17 breeding season update:
- 33 nests laid by 18 pairs on Phillip Island.
- 13 of 33 nests (39.4%) hatched; producing 32 chicks.
- 13 of 32 chicks (40.6%) survived to fledge (fly).
Please click here to download the 2016/17 Hooded Plover Watch Report