A new campaign by Council and North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS) will target foxes and work with local schools to protect shorebirds along the Tweed Coast.
Council and NCLLS will undertake fox control on Crown Land and Council-owned land along the coast between Kingscliff and Wooyung. “Tweed Shire is home to a number of birds of high conservation value that nest on the ground, such as the Little Tern, the Beach Stone-curlew and the Pied Oystercatcher,” Council’s Pest Management Program Leader, Pam Gray, said.
Photo: “Shorebirds of the Tweed” signage at Chinderah Bay, by J. Palmer
“Introduced predators such as European foxes pose a significant threat to the successful breeding of shorebirds, because they feed on their eggs and chicks.” Trained dogs will be used to locate fox dens in the targeted coastal areas and the dens will be fumigated to humanely euthanase the foxes.
The project to protect Tweed Coast shorebirds builds upon existing projects by Council, the NSW Environmental Trust and Birdlife Northern Rivers. Ms Gray said the fox control measures would be accompanied by a new education and awareness campaign about shorebird protection, focusing on schools in the area.
“We will provide education programs at two public schools on the Tweed Coast, to teach children about the shorebirds that call the Tweed home,” she said.
“The program will also raise awareness about the importance of protecting these shorebirds from the threats of predators and the potential impacts of people. “School programs to educate young people are often one of the most effective way to spread the word about issues of animal conservation.”
For more information about the program, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/BeachNestingBirds
or contact Pam Gray on (02) 6670 2400.
Originally published in Tweed Link Issue 906, 5 May 2015.