Media Releases 2016

Posted on 24/11/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Hooded Plovers in need of our help

The summer of 2015/16 was a record breaking year for Phillip Island’s population of Hooded Plovers, a threatened shorebird species that lives and breeds on many of our local beaches. A total of 17 Hoodies fledged (became independent) during that last breeding season, and this number may prove to be a hard act to follow.

The Hooded Plover Steering Group was recently formed, and had its inaugural meeting in November. Made up of representatives from BirdLife Australia, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Parks Victoria and the Bass Coast Shire Council, this new group will be doing all it can to aid Hooded Plover conservation and management.

A key component of the Steering Group’s strategy moving forward is the re-invigoration of ‘Hooded Plover Watch’, a team of volunteers and rangers who monitor our beaches and protect the Hoodies.

A volunteer recruitment drive is underway, starting with a training workshop to be held on Saturday 10 December at the Penguin Parade’s Education Pods, commencing at 9.00am. Interested parties are invited to register their interest by contacting Daniel Lees at dlees@penguins.org.au by 05 December.

Residents are warmly invited to join this dedicated band of volunteers and contribute to the conservation of this threatened species. Volunteers can commit as much or as little time as they are able, and all volunteer contributions are gratefully accepted.

Hooded Plovers breed from August right through to March, so late November is nearing the half-way mark of their breeding season. While the first half of the season has not been as promising as last year, there is still time for the Hoodies to rally by season’s end, but they could do with your help.

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Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick - Communications Executive
Tel:  +613 5951 2825  Mobile: 0418 402 161
Email: rpick@penguins.org.au