Beach patrols to keep hooded plovers safe
As beaches become busier with the warmer weather, beachgoers are being encouraged to look out for hooded plovers nesting along shorelines from Nelson to the Bellarine Peninsula.
Conservation Regulator Officers and Parks Victoria Rangers are patrolling local beaches to protect the threatened species and raise awareness of how beach users can help the plight of the beach-nesting birds.
Hooded plovers lay their eggs in shallow sand scrapes from August to March, which can be easily trampled on by beach users and wayward dogs.
Officers and Rangers are encouraging people to take note of signage at beaches advising of hooded plover nests, give the birds plenty of space and keep dogs away from fenced-off nesting areas.