With nesting season underway (August-January) for the rare Pied Oystercatcher, the O’Farrell government must find ways to further protect them on the north coast of NSW as their numbers have fallen to 250 in NSW, according to state Labor MP Walt Secord.
He said one of the first measures should be restrictions on dogs in their known nesting areas.
Environmentalists report that in the last two years, a pair of pied oystercatchers nested near Byron, but the birds were unsuccessful in raising their young. The Pied Oystercatchers face normal predators like goannas, snakes and birds of prey, but they are also under threat from human activity and pets – especially dogs.
‘North Coast environmental groups have joined together – as volunteers – to look after their nesting areas through voluntary monitoring and education programs,’ Mr Secord said.
‘But I am calling on the state government to undertake a formal recovery plan for the Pied Oystercatchers.’