Coastal management for shorebirds in Tasmania: 3 case studies

Dr Eric Woehler

1Birdlife Tasmania, , Australia


Tasmania is a refuge for many species of Australia’s beach-nesting birds. With significant proportions of several species, conservation based on science-based management of coastal areas is critical. Three case studies are presented here where survey data of breeding beach-nesting birds were used for local to regional coastal management strategies. These case studies deal with 4WDs, dogs and business and community clean up efforts for marine debris and invasive weeds.


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

About the Association

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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