Hooded plover surveyed inland

WINTER SURVEY: The hooded plover is an endangered species and particularly vulnerable due to where it nests on beaches. Image supplied.
WINTER SURVEY: The hooded plover is an endangered species and particularly vulnerable due to where it nests on beaches. Image supplied.

Hooded plover winter surveys will soon begin at six inland locations across the Eyre Peninsula region as part of the Saltmarsh Threat Abatement and Recovery Project.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula will conduct the surveys in non-breeding months, and will look at inland sites including Sceale Bay, Lake Greenly, Lake Newland and Sleaford Mere conservation parks.

The hooded plover, a bird that lives on beaches, is a threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

They nest above the high tide mark between August and April, making them susceptible to being disturbed by dogs, off-road vehicles, and feral animals.

Natural Resources Management officer Alex Fraser said the surveys will complement other surveys conducted during the breeding season.

"Although many hooded plovers stay on beaches during the winter, hooded plovers have also been reported on inland lakes in the past," he said.

"Research and past observations have recorded that during winter, hooded plovers can leave their nesting territory and congregate in flocks of five or more.

"Reports of them flocking along the coast have already been received - this is a spectacular sight for bird lovers and volunteers.

"Winter surveys will help us learn more about where flocks can be found which is significant for the future conservation and management of this threatened species," Mr Fraser said.

Visit naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula/get-involved/volunteering or call 8625 3144 to join in future surveys.