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About the Population Count Volunteer role

Every two years, BirdLife Australia’s Beach-nesting Bird team coordinates a national population count, with the primary aim of counting Hooded Plovers.

Hundreds of volunteers simultaneously survey thousands of kilometres of coastline on a given weekend in November. This provides the best possible estimate of how many Hoodies there are in eastern Australia.

Population Count Volunteers play an integral role in helping threatened beach-nesting birds by monitoring local populations and raising public awareness.

As a Population Count volunteer, you will:

  • Participate in the population count during the allocated timeframe.
  • Record your sightings on paper data sheets and submit sheets to your regional coordinator.
  • Enter data onto the Birdata Portal.

This count is a great way to help threatened beach-nesting birds, particularly if you are unable to commit to anything more regular or involved.

Population Count Volunteer requirements

As a Beach-nesting Birds Population Count Volunteer, you will need:

  • Good fitness
  • A keen eye
  • Record-keeping skills

This role doesn’t require a lot of training but you will need to complete a short, online induction. You may like to survey your local beach or put your hand up to travel further afield and survey a more remote section of the coast.

Who is this role suited to?

If you love birds and the beach, this is the volunteer opportunity for you! We welcome:

  • Bird enthusiasts who enjoy birdwatching
  • Experienced birdwatchers who want to make a difference in beach-nesting bird populations
  • Citizen scientists and conservationists

Where can I take part?

Coastal regions of Australia.

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Volunteer with BirdLife Australia

Our volunteers come from all backgrounds, ages and experiences – and they all help make a real difference for Australia’s most threatened birds.

Register as a Beach-nesting Birds volunteer