Program: Beach-nesting Birds

Eastern Hooded Plover Project

The Eastern Hooded Plover only inhabits ocean beaches, but these sites are also favoured by people for recreation, which threatens Hoodies, especially their camouflaged eggs and chicks. BirdLife Australia is improving Hooded Plover breeding success through research, education and habitat protection

Key Points
  • There are about 3000 Hooded Plovers on Australia’s ocean beaches
  • Hooded Plovers were in severe decline until BirdLife Australia began monitoring and investing in conservation actions at breeding sites
  • Breeding success is improving: fledging rates at some sites rose from 2% up to 50%

Related information

Protecting birds on the beach​

Small changes in behaviour can help people and beach-nesting birds live together in harmony. Follow these 6 simple steps to become a bird-friendly beachgoer.

Ways to Volunteer
Our volunteers are the heroes of our bird conservation work. By volunteering your time, effort or skills, you’re helping make our projects a reality – while being part of a community of like-minded people who love birds.
Beach-nesting Birds

Five Australian shorebirds, and many species of seabirds, rely on coastal habitats for nesting. Loss of coastal habitats and recreational pressures are taking a devastating toll.