BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 712          Total No. of Sites: 598
Survey/Project Name: EP Shorebirds 2020 (+ all coastal aves)
Abstract: Over the last 30 years counts of migratory and resident shorebirds have been conducted on Eyre Peninsula. These counts have highlighted the importance of the region for shorebirds, identifying several areas that support internationally significant numbers of shorebirds. Some sites have not been counted since 1983 or 2000. Other site data span 28 years. The national project, which is managed by Birds Australia in collaboration with WWF-Australia has been established in response to a growing concern over declining shorebird populations in Australia and the need to reliably determine population trends for species. Shorebirds are considered good indicators of wetland health and therefore provide a useful tool to assess the condition of wetlands. 14 key Shorebird Areas involving 36 specific Count Areas, which are part of a National Shorebird Network of 150 sites, are surveyed at least twice a year; summer & winter. Some sites which have been surveyed since 1979 are also counted in autumn and spring. Each Shorebird Area has been selected using criteria designated by the Birds Australia Shorebirds 2020 Project Team. Objectives: 1.Monitor the population status of migratory and resident shorebirds at 14 Shorebird Areas across on Eyre Peninsula 2.Regularly monitor assess the suitability of shorebird habitats at these sites 3. Assess the relative importance of these sites to the migratory and resident shorebird populations on Eyre Peninsula. The Eyre Peninsula 2020 project extends around 1800km of coastline and encompasses representative areas of low energy embayments with extensive intertidal sandflats, mangrove woodland with intertidal creeks and saltmarshes, high energy sandy ocean beaches backed by dunefields and saline lake systems and rocky reefs and headlands.
Start Date: 01/01/1974      End Date: 01/01/2021
Survey Type: Vertebrates only
Study Area Description: Coastal Eyre Peninsula from Franklin Harbor to Tourville Bay including two offshore islands (St Peter Island CP Eyre Island CP) Additional Shorebird Area maps to be provided.
         Vegetation: Visit Period Start Date was changed from 01-JAN-2005 to 01-JAN-1974, to load Anxious Bay_LakeNewland CP Beach. This was done on 1-SEPT-2010 by Natalia Diaz.
         Fauna: *** No fauna survey objectives recorded
         Vegetation: *** No vegetation methodology recorded
         Fauna: 2020 Shorebirds Count Form 2020 Shorebirds Count Information Form Can be accessed at Use the 2009 or 2010 version. The project proposes to sample such an extensive array of coastal ecoysytems over 15 years that it was imperative to collect all data relating coastal birds. The focus remains on the shorebirds but data collection methods include counting waterbirds(geese,swans,ducks,grebes,pelicans,herons & allies, gannets,cormorants), seabirds (gulls and terns), raptors and coastal bush birds.

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Fauna : Unclassified - pending reassessment.
Information Authority: BirdLife Australia
Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management (NRM) Region