Hooded Plovers

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Hooded Plovers are Australia’s most endangered shorebird. During the last three years they have, for the first time in decades, bred successfully on Seacliff beach. This is a major achievement for a threatened species in a highly urbanized setting and the City of Holdfast Bay is very proud to have supported this success.

The next breeding season has already started and a new by-law was approved by Council to help manage dogs near the Hooded Plover breeding area. In addition, extra funding was approved to employ an additional compliance officer for six months during the Hooded Plover breeding season to help with good dog behaviour along the foreshore.


Hooded Plovers are Australia’s most endangered shorebird. During the last three years they have, for the first time in decades, bred successfully on Seacliff beach. This is a major achievement for a threatened species in a highly urbanized setting and the City of Holdfast Bay is very proud to have supported this success.

The next breeding season has already started and a new by-law was approved by Council to help manage dogs near the Hooded Plover breeding area. In addition, extra funding was approved to employ an additional compliance officer for six months during the Hooded Plover breeding season to help with good dog behaviour along the foreshore.

  • Success for our 2 Chicks

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    7 months ago

    Great news! The two chicks at Seacliff have fledged. This is great news and we would like to thank all the public who helped with keeping dogs on the lead; The volunteers for spreading the news and monitoring the chicks; The depot staff who responded quickly to signage, fencing and blocking access paths and the regulatory services team also helped on the beach which was fantastic and really assisted the volunteers.

    A great effort all round!


    Great news! The two chicks at Seacliff have fledged. This is great news and we would like to thank all the public who helped with keeping dogs on the lead; The volunteers for spreading the news and monitoring the chicks; The depot staff who responded quickly to signage, fencing and blocking access paths and the regulatory services team also helped on the beach which was fantastic and really assisted the volunteers.

    A great effort all round!


  • One week to go for our Plovers

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    8 months ago

    The two Seacliff Hooded Plover Chicks are one week away from being able to fledge.


    BirdLife Australia volunteers John and Ligita have witnessed the chicks testing their wings and we are keeping our fingers crossed for next week.


    Please continue to keep dogs on a leash when near the fenced-off area and be careful that the birds may be feeding at the waters edge or at nearby drains.


    The two Seacliff Hooded Plover Chicks are one week away from being able to fledge.


    BirdLife Australia volunteers John and Ligita have witnessed the chicks testing their wings and we are keeping our fingers crossed for next week.


    Please continue to keep dogs on a leash when near the fenced-off area and be careful that the birds may be feeding at the waters edge or at nearby drains.


  • Hooded Plover Workshop in Seacliff

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    8 months ago

    The Hooded Plover is Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird. Come and learn about their amazing behaviours and how to give them a helping hand. BirdLife Australia and Natural Resources Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges “Sharing our Shores” team are running these free workshops. All welcome!

    Two sessions with different content. You are welcome to one or both!

    Introduction to Hooded Plovers:
    Learn about the birds, their behaviours, watch amazing video footage of chicks, how we help them, and come along for a beach walk. Morning tea provided.
    Date: Saturday 23 November
    Time: 10am - 12pm
    Location: Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club...

    The Hooded Plover is Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird. Come and learn about their amazing behaviours and how to give them a helping hand. BirdLife Australia and Natural Resources Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges “Sharing our Shores” team are running these free workshops. All welcome!

    Two sessions with different content. You are welcome to one or both!

    Introduction to Hooded Plovers:
    Learn about the birds, their behaviours, watch amazing video footage of chicks, how we help them, and come along for a beach walk. Morning tea provided.
    Date: Saturday 23 November
    Time: 10am - 12pm
    Location: Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club, 246 Esplanade, Seacliff
    Limited parking on Saturdays, please arrive early
    RSVP by 21 November: eventbrite.com.au/e/81434158761 or 0457 333 177


    Hooded Plover Monitoring Training:
    A more in-depth look at the life of a Hooded Plover, learn how to monitor Hoodies safely, and how to become a Hoodie volunteer! Morning tea provided. With optional beach trip from 11.30am-12.30pm.
    Date: Wednesday 4 December
    Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
    Location: Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club, 246 Esplanade, Seacliff
    RSVP by 2 December: eventbrite.com.au/e/81462830519 or 0457 333 177

    Beach trip: please bring binoculars (if you have them), drinking water and dress according to the weather (raincoat, sun hat, footwear etc). Beach trip may include a short drive to the site.

    Facebook event details here



  • Hooded Plover fence extended towards Young Street

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    8 months ago

    Please be aware that with the Hooded Plover chicks roaming the beach, we have lengthened the fence at the southern end towards the Young Street drain.

    It is great to see so many people stopping and taking photos and video footage of the chicks at high tide. Our hoodies are certainly gaining celebrity status down at Seacliff!



    Please be aware that with the Hooded Plover chicks roaming the beach, we have lengthened the fence at the southern end towards the Young Street drain.

    It is great to see so many people stopping and taking photos and video footage of the chicks at high tide. Our hoodies are certainly gaining celebrity status down at Seacliff!



  • Hooded Plovers - 28 October update

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    9 months ago

    Over the weekend we lost one of the chicks, on the beach. The chicks and the parents are still sheltering behind the temporary fencing and also heading to Edward Street drain.

    Over the weekend we lost one of the chicks, on the beach. The chicks and the parents are still sheltering behind the temporary fencing and also heading to Edward Street drain.

  • Chicks on Beach - update

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    9 months ago

    Please be aware that the chicks are very mobile at the moment and are heading to both the Edward Street drain and the Young Street drain.

    Once the Hoodies decide which drain they will hang out at we will move the fences immediately.

    In the meantime keep up the good work with keeping dogs on a leash in the area around the Hoodies.

    Please be aware that the chicks are very mobile at the moment and are heading to both the Edward Street drain and the Young Street drain.

    Once the Hoodies decide which drain they will hang out at we will move the fences immediately.

    In the meantime keep up the good work with keeping dogs on a leash in the area around the Hoodies.

  • Chicks on the beach

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    9 months ago

    Exciting news - three Hooded Plover chicks have been spotted on the beach at Seacliff.

    At this stage the chicks are in the fenced area of the beach at Seacliff but as they become more adventurous they will head out of the area and feed at the Young Street drain or the waters edge.

    Thanks to everyone who has been keeping their dog on a leash down at Seacliff beach. It's important that dogs remain on a leash at all times in the area as the chicks are very vunerable.

    If you would like any information, feel free to approach...

    Exciting news - three Hooded Plover chicks have been spotted on the beach at Seacliff.

    At this stage the chicks are in the fenced area of the beach at Seacliff but as they become more adventurous they will head out of the area and feed at the Young Street drain or the waters edge.

    Thanks to everyone who has been keeping their dog on a leash down at Seacliff beach. It's important that dogs remain on a leash at all times in the area as the chicks are very vunerable.

    If you would like any information, feel free to approach our community safety and volunteer team down at the beach.