South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program

The South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program was set up in 1999 by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to reduce the rate of decline of threatened shorebirds and recover populations by enhancing breeding success.

This long-term program monitors and protects shorebird nesting habitat across all coastal environments from Wollongong to the NSW/VIC border, regardless of land tenure and promotes collaboration between land management organisations. Strong partnerships have developed over time between NPWS and local councils, plus other state and government agencies, local environment groups and individual members of the community, including over 100 dedicated volunteers.

Our volunteers are pivotal to the success of the program. Shorebird volunteers help us monitor individual nesting sites and implement habitat protection measures, which are vital to the survival and recovery of threatened shorebirds.

Become a volunteer and help us protect threatened beach-nesting birds – email us to find out how.

The South Coast Shorebird Recovery Program was set up in 1999 by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to reduce the rate of decline of threatened shorebirds and recover populations by enhancing breeding success.

This long-term program monitors and protects shorebird nesting habitat across all coastal environments from Wollongong to the NSW/VIC border, regardless of land tenure and promotes collaboration between land management organisations. Strong partnerships have developed over time between NPWS and local councils, plus other state and government agencies, local environment groups and individual members of the community, including over 100 dedicated volunteers.

Our volunteers are pivotal to the success of the program. Shorebird volunteers help us monitor individual nesting sites and implement habitat protection measures, which are vital to the survival and recovery of threatened shorebirds.

Become a volunteer and help us protect threatened beach-nesting birds – email us to find out how.

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  • Share your stories

    by Shane.Dingwall, about 3 years ago

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    Share your unique shorebird stories and experiences with other volunteers. Tell us about recent band sightings on your beach, fledging of a chick you have been watching over or any other experiences that can inspire and entertain.

    Share your unique shorebird stories and experiences with other volunteers. Tell us about recent band sightings on your beach, fledging of a chick you have been watching over or any other experiences that can inspire and entertain.

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  • Pied oystercatcher number 52 an Eden local

    by uthpala.gunethilake, about 3 years ago

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    An adult Pied Oystercatcher bearing the leg flag ‘52’ has proved it is worthy of being called an Eden local with a recent sighting history report from the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Authority showing that it has remained within the Eden area for many years. Cocora Beach, Fisheries Beach and Lake Curalo all being reported as locations of sightings for this bird since 2013. It was originally banded at Corner Inlet in Victoria as an adult (aged at least 3 years at the time) in 2009, but has chosen the NSW Far South Coast as its home ever since...

    An adult Pied Oystercatcher bearing the leg flag ‘52’ has proved it is worthy of being called an Eden local with a recent sighting history report from the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Authority showing that it has remained within the Eden area for many years. Cocora Beach, Fisheries Beach and Lake Curalo all being reported as locations of sightings for this bird since 2013. It was originally banded at Corner Inlet in Victoria as an adult (aged at least 3 years at the time) in 2009, but has chosen the NSW Far South Coast as its home ever since then.

    -Amy Harris 

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