Moreton Bay Shorebirds

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Floating Roost Trial

Healthy Land & Water is in the process of proposing a temporary trial of three floating roosts for shorebirds in the Moreton Bay Marine Park, to inform migratory shorebird conservation and future management actions.

Quandamooka (Moreton Bay) and adjacent coastal wetlands provide critical habitat for migratory shorebirds during the non-breeding season and year-round for birds not fit to migrate. Fuller et al. (2021) suggested creating artificial roosts to augment natural habitat and identified a lack of roosts adjacent to the western shore of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

In consultation with shorebird experts and government, Healthy Land & Water identified suitable locations for the trial, and proposes to establish a floating roost at three of the four following locations:

  • Shag Island, Pumicestone Passage.
  • Bungumba (Mud Island), Moreton Bay.
  • One Mile, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).
  • Wallen Wallen, Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

Each location was selected through a combination of desktop analysis and local knowledge and meet criteria including relatively low disturbance by people, close proximity to known shorebird roost or feeding areas, no impact on cultural, economic or environmental values and minimal disruption to users of Moreton Bay Marine Park. The floating roosts are proposed to be installed in September 2022 and removed in June 2023.

Interested persons, including those who believe that the proposal will restrict their reasonable use of part of the marine park may contact Liz via email to for further information, or may request information from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service via email to

Alternatively, you can lodge written comments on the proposal with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service by 15 July 2022 via email to

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Protecting and restoring habitat for migratory shorebirds in Moreton Bay as part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland Project.

Healthy Land and Water’s Moreton Bay Shorebirds project is reducing threats to shorebirds in Moreton Bay by protecting and restoring shorebird roosting and foraging habitat within the Moreton Bay Ramsar Site and adjacent areas.

This project hopes to increase the health of migratory shorebirds visiting South East Queensland, to give them the best chance of global survival.

Actions are anticipated to benefit seven threatened migratory shorebirds: Far Eastern curlew, Curlew sandpiper, Great knot, Red knot, Greater sand plover, Lesser sand plover and Bar-tailed godwit.


About the project

  • The project will implement strategies and actions to conserve roosting and feeding sites used by Moreton Bay’s migratory shorebirds.
  • Priority actions are being implemented in partnership with site managers to enhance migratory shorebird habitat and reduce immediate and longer-term threats to habitat quality and extent.
  • Reducing disturbance of feeding and resting migratory shorebirds by people visiting and working in and around Moreton Bay is critical, and will require behaviour change, educational campaigns, incentives and/or regulation.



Photo credit: Bob Westerman

This project is supported by Healthy Land and Water through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.


Healthy Land and Water has assessed migratory shorebird sites across coastal South East Queensland, including Moreton Bay Ramsar Site, to determine site-specific management actions required.

A University of Queensland research team, led by Professor Richard Fuller, analysed data collected by the Queensland Wader Study Group and found that threats to migratory shorebirds in Moreton Bay are contributing to their global decline and need to be addressed.

Major threats include human disturbance, coastal development and climate change.

This project is implementing recommendations in the ‘Managing Threats to Migratory Shorebirds in Moreton Bay’ (Fuller et al. 2021) report.

Why this project is important

Over 35,000 migratory shorebirds visit Moreton Bay each year and many have travelled tens of thousands of kilometres, some from as far as Siberia and Alaska. The availability of food and rest for migratory shorebirds in Moreton Bay and every stage of their global journey is critical.

Research by the University of Queensland and the Queensland Wader Study Group shows migratory shorebirds and their habitats are unfortunately in decline in Moreton Bay. Migratory shorebirds like the critically endangered Far Eastern Curlew have experienced population decline of more than 80% over the past 30 years.

Habitat loss along the birds’ migration routes, such as in the Yellow Sea, is a major cause of the declines, but recent analyses have confirmed that threats in Moreton Bay play an additional role. Local action to reduce threats is needed in addition to actions overseas.

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