Where to from here?

We are committed to continuous improvement. We will measure and report on progress against this plan’s targets each year and consider how we can evolve the actions and the plan itself.

Paul Schefferle - Professional Hunter

We build up a good rapport with the private landowners and land managers who permit us to access their land because they understand the damage done by the foxes. It needs a collaborative approach. The land management boundaries mean nothing to the foxes. It’s frustrating to see foxes returning to areas we’re not permitted to enter. Foxes breed every year so quickly repopulate or overpopulate areas if not controlled.

As a group, our working party will critically evaluate each action to consider its value in achieving our four key goals.

We will remain open minded to new ideas, additional partnerships and fresh approaches, always striving to achieve improved outcomes for the hooded plover.

Andrea Dennett - BirdLife Australia Volunteer Coordinator

Friends of the Hooded Plover, Bellarine Peninsula

An interest in birds or a conservation issue is enough for some people, but for others it becomes a passion.

The Hoodies are such little battlers and you just want to help them. They have everything going against them, yet they’re resilient and they just keep battling along.

For me, it’s like being converted to a religion. I was converted when a chick hatched on Point Lonsdale beach on the eve of one of the busiest weekends of the year. There were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people on that beach over the weekend. And there was a wild thunderstorm. Yet, the chick survived it all – the humans, the weather conditions, dogs, foxes and natural predators like gulls and kestrels. When it fledged, we celebrated with champagne on the beach. I was relieved and I was hooked.

We need to keep putting human power towards these chicks. I’ve seen volunteers working like lollipop ladies during the Rip to River event, parting the beach crowds to allow parent birds to get from the nest to the water’s edge and back.

Our typical Hoodie volunteer is 60-plus, female and retired. But we’re all types – we have Liz who recently turned 80 and we have 20-somethings keen to help, too.

Over the last five years or so the City of Greater Geelong has come on board and helped turnaround the program, but the work’s time- consuming and you have to become hardened to the possibility of disappointment. It’s great to be part of a large network of people concerned about Hoodies and other beach nesting birds. Not just our regional coast but interstate and even overseas.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 16 September 2020