Stabilising and protecting shorebird populations in Southern Moreton Bay as part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland Project.
Healthy Land and Water’s Curlew Island Restoration project is helping to protect and stabilise shorebird populations in Southern Moreton Bay by providing habitat for the Beach Stone Curlew and other listed species.
The project is improving the ecological integrity of Curlew Island through weed removal and revegetation of native species.
Curlew Island is the most southern roosting and feeding site for listed migratory shorebirds in Moreton Bay and is amongst the highly frequented waterways of the City of Gold Coast. This makes the island an accessible location for shorebird enthusiasts who can view the island from land and one of many unique sites within the bay.
About the project
- Improving the ecological integrity of Curlew Island.
- Removing weeds and planting 3,500 native coastal vines, shrubs and trees.
- Restoring 1.4 hectares of habitat for listed migratory shorebirds.
- Stabilising shorebird populations in Southern Moreton Bay.
Why this project is important
Improved habitat integrity on Curlew Island will help stabilise and protect shorebird populations in Southern Moreton Bay. Tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds visit the Bay every year to feed and rest.
Habitat loss overseas is a major contributor to the global decline in migratory shorebird populations, however, threats occurring in Moreton Bay are significant contributors, particularly interruptions to shorebird feeding and resting through human disturbance and habitat loss through development and vegetation encroachment.
Over recent years, Curlew Island’s native vegetation has been progressively colonised and degraded by weeds, meaning less available shorebird roosting habitat.
This project is delivered in partnership with Watergum – the Gold Coast Catchments Association, Gold Coast Shorebirds Group and Gold Coast Waterways Authority.
This project is supported by Healthy Land and Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Weeds have been eradicated using a combination of hand weeding, cut scrape paint and spot spraying.
Areas cleared of weeds have been revegetated with 3,500 local native coastal vines, shrubs, grasses and trees.
As part of the revegetation, 14,000 liters of water was transported and distributed across the island.
The project has entered a maintenance phase which involves ensuring plants are watered during dry periods and undertaking weed control.
Improved ecological integrity on Curlew Island will provide roosting habitat, helping stabilise and protect shorebirds who visit and live in Moreton Bay.
Migratory shorebird species that benefit from this project include:
- Bar Tailed Godwit (EPBC listed migratory sp.)
- Beach Stone Curlew (Vulnerable (Qld))
- Curlew Sandpiper (Critically Endangered)
- Eastern Curlew (Critically Endangered)
- Little Tern (EPBC listed migratory sp.)
- Pacific Golden Plover (EPBC listed migratory sp.)
- Whimbrel (EPBC listed migratory sp.)