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Beach walkers, particularly those with dogs, are being asked to keep an eye out for the threatened Hooded Plovers currently known nesting at local beaches including Boodjidup, Kilcarnup, Gnoocardup, Grunters and Prevelly.

The birds nest between October to February each year and are particularly susceptible to human and four-wheel-drive traffic with eggs usually laid in a shallow sand scrape just above the high tide mark.

Once the chicks hatch, they begin to forage on the beach with their parents and are at risk from predation by dogs and other animals.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River Senior Environment Officer John McKinney reminded all beachgoers to adhere to signage regarding dog exercise areas, walk below the high tide line and stay out of roped off areas.

He further reminded dog owners to keep their pets on leads near nests even in dog exercise areas.

“It’s fantastic news that these birds are being attracted to our local beaches and we are seeing them breeding,” he said.

“Obviously the goal is to get these birds off the threatened species list and get them flourishing in numbers again.”

Anyone who sees a Hooded Plover is asked to please report it to Parks and Wildlife on 9752 5555.

 

 

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