Patrols to protect hooded plovers at Port Fairy
Officers from the Conservation Regulator will have been visible patrolling a stretch of beach at Port Fairy, following numerous reports of dogs chasing hooded plovers in the area.
Both adult and baby hooded plovers are nesting in shallow scrapes in the sand on the section of beach from Connolly’s Access Point to Golfies Access Point.
Prominent signage advises that the area is a nesting site for the threatened species, and sections have been fenced off to the public.
Conservation Regulator Forest and Wildlife Officers will monitor the stretch of beach until the end of April, when the hooded plover breeding season ends.