Hoodies facing unfair fight in the dunes
The vulnerable beach-nesting Hooded Plovers are struggling for survival this breeding season with hundreds of footprints were spotted from holiday beachgoers near the nesting and dune areas in Point Roadknight in Anglesea.
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Environment and Education Manager Katie Dolling said this type of behaviour is unacceptable and causing concern at the popular hoodie nesting area.
“Dunes are highly sensitive ecosystems that provide protection to the coastline and habitat for several native species, including the Hooded Plover. Dunes are easily damaged by people accessing these areas.
“Trampling vegetation in the dunes compromises dune stability and their ability to withstand other environmental factors including wind, waves and rainfall,” she said.
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Hooded Plover Nest Updates
Point Impossible, Torquay
Exciting news! Two eggs managed to survive Australia Day on the coast and have hatched on the 27th January. Please stay clear of breeding zones to help the hoodies reach flying age.
There are currently 2 eggs at Point Roadknight West. The nest at Point Roadknight Tip is believed to have been washed away by high tides Monday 23rd January.
Recently three eggs at Moggs Creek disappeared with no evidence to what happened. It is hoped that these hoodies will try again marking it their 4th attempt this season.
For more information on the Hooded Plovers, go to the Save The Hoodie website.