Migratory Shore Birds

This page is clearly aimed at the plight of the migratory waders that spend time resting and feeding along the shores of Sandgate - Brighton and Toondah Harbour ( other shorelines will be included as time permits ) during our warmer months
The Wildlife Conservation Plan and approved Conservation Advice documents specifically target habitat destruction through anthropogenic disturbance

Protecting migratory birds when our beaches have gone to the dogs

Here's a couple of quotes from the above article published in the UQNews -

"It is illegal under Commonwealth and State legislation to cause unreasonable disturbance to migratory birds"

"The problem is not that the dogs are killing birds on the beach, but they are excitable and chasing them when the birds need to forage and rebuild their strength to return for the Arctic summer"

The article referred to above is Copyright © 2016 The University of Queensland


According to Wikipedia the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) is a large wader in the family Scolopacidae, breeds on Arctic coasts and tundra and winters on coasts in temperate and tropical regions of Australia and New Zealand.
Its migration is the longest known non-stop flight of any bird and also the longest journey without pausing to feed by any animal. The Bar-tailed Godwit is a non-breeding migrant in Australia. Breeding take place each year in Scandinavia, northern Asia, and Alaska.

Western Alaskan Bar-tailed Godwit (spp. baueri)

Limosa lapponica

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) at Sandgate

Under the EPBC act the Western Alaskan Bar-tailed Godwit (baueri) is listed as vulnerable, whereas the Northern Siberian Bar-tailed Godwit (menzbieri) is listed as critically endangered !

Wildlife Conservation Plan Migratory Shorebirds

The following paragraphs are quoted from the above mentioned document, page 7 -

3. Species covered under the Wildlife Conservation Plan

This Wildlife Conservation Plan includes 35 species of migratory shorebirds that regularly visit Australia (Appendix A). Little ringed plover has been added to the revised list based on expert opinion and new information. This species is a regular visitor to northern Australia in low numbers (Geering et al. 2007). The plan will cease to apply to any of these species should they become a listed threatened species under the EPBC Act. Instead, threatened species receive separate, approved conservation advice and in some cases a recovery plan which sets out what could appropriately be done to stop the decline or support the recovery of the species. On 26 May 2015 the Eastern Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper were listed as critically endangered under the EPBC Act.
This decision made them ineligible to be included in the revised Wildlife Conservation Plan for migratory shorebirds.
Both species have approved Conservation Advice documents which set out species specific actions to support the recovery of these species.

5. Objectives
  1. Protection of important habitats for migratory shorebirds has occurred throughout the EAAF.
  2. Wetland habitats in Australia, on which migratory shorebirds depend, are protected and conserved.
  3. Anthropogenic threats to migratory shorebirds in Australia are minimised or, where possible, eliminated.
  4. Knowledge gaps in migratory shorebird ecology in Australia are identified and addressed to inform decision makers, land managers and the public.

Where the Toondah Harbour Development fits in with 2. and 3. escapes me

pdfNumenius madagascariensis (eastern curlew) Conservation Advice


pdfCalidris ferruginea (curlew sandpiper) Conservation Advice

Australian objectives - Eastern Curlew & Curlew Sandpiper
  1. Achieve a stable or increasing population.
  2. Maintain and enhance important habitat.
  3. Reduce disturbance at key roosting and feeding sites.
  4. Raise awareness of Eastern Curlew ( Curlew Sandpiper ) within the local community.

Where the Toondah Harbour Development fits in with 2. and 3. ( again ) escapes me

The documents referred to above are Copyright © 2016 Commonwealth of Australia