Status and trends of resident shorebirds in Tasmania

Dr Eric Woehler1

1Birdlife Tasmania, , Australia


The distribution, abundance and population trends of resident shorebirds in Tasmania are critical for their conservation and management. Breeding population surveys of sandy beaches around Tasmania since the late 1990s provide the data to prepare statewide syntheses of the distribution and trends for Hooded and Red-capped Plovers, and Pied Oystercatchers. Data for Fairy and Little Terns are obtained during shorebird surveys, and are included in the syntheses due to the similarities of nesting habitats and threats. Based on these surveys and syntheses to date, Tasmania is believed to support almost half the Australian and/or global populations of Hooded Plover and Pied Oystercatcher, and significant proportions of the Australian populations of Fairy and Little Terns.


Eric Woehler has been working on Tasmania’s shorebirds and seabirds for almost 40 years.

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The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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