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More beach patrols to protect Hooded Plovers

Thursday 30 July 2020

Additional beach patrols will monitor our coastline over the summer months, and help to protect threatened beach-nesting birds, after a successful trial last summer.

At this week's council meeting, City of Holdfast Bay's Elected Members agreed to continue with additional patrols by Community Safety Officers over the summer months, with a particular focus on the Hooded Plover breeding site at Seacliff, around the jetties and Glenelg's breakwater.

Last summer, we saw the successful fledgling of two Hooded Plover chicks, thanks to increased patrols and an improvement in responsible dog ownership.

Hooded Plovers are Australia’s most endangered shorebird, but they've bred successfully on Seacliff beach for the past three summers.

The birds’ annual breeding season can begin as early as August, and once a nest has been spotted in the Seacliff sand dunes, fencing will be erected around the breeding site.

Beach goers are asked to take note of the signage, which stipulates that dogs must be on a lead within 100 metres of the site.

The additional beach patrols will start again in September this year and will continue over the summer months. The Community Safety Officers conducting the patrols will also be monitoring for jetty jumping and community safety at the Glenelg breakwater.

The Hooded Plover program is coordinated through BirdLife Australia and Green Adelaide, with support from City of Holdfast Bay and volunteers.