Bird sanctuary idea for Ocean Beach

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Red-capped Plover chick in the sand on the eastern edge of Prawn Rock Island
Camera IconRed-capped Plover chick in the sand on the eastern edge of Prawn Rock Island Credit: Birdlife Australia member, Geoff Taylor

A proposal to develop an endangered shore birds sanctuary at Ocean Beach has been submitted to the Denmark Shire by bird enthusiasts.

Denmark Bird Group founder and convener, Brad Kneebone said the proposal started after the group noticed a big drop in the shore birds population around the Wilson Inlet area.

“Wilson Inlet is home to a significant amount of protected and endangered water-birds, shorebirds and seabirds — to the extent that it is recognised as a wetland of international significance,” he said.

“But data from our regular monitoring has shown increasing recreational pressure in this precinct threatens and disrupts many species’ ability to feed and breed.

“Adding to these disturbances are dog exercising activities, which together with a decline in populations and breeding activity has led to the need for greater levels of protection for birdlife in the area.”

The group has called for an established reserve at Prawn Rock Channel and the Wilson Inlet Bar Precinct at Ocean Beach.

The plan includes reviews of entry to the beach and separating birds and dogs in the area.

“The current access to the dog exercise area coincides with the southern boundary of the proposed sanctuary which is too close to bird activity,” he said.

Shire of Denmark executive officer Bill Parker said the council has received the sanctuary proposal and is now preparing a plan to consider the request.

“The Shire is currently preparing a corporate business plan for council to consider and that will outline the Shire’s key projects over the next four years,” he said.

“A review of dog exercise areas will be considered as part of this process.”

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