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New migratory shorebirds plan launched

The Australian Government launched a new plan on April 8 2016 to help protect 35 species of shorebirds that regularly travel thousands of kilometres to visit Australia’s shores.

The new ‘Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds’ identifies what else is required to strengthen the partnership with Australia’s regional neighbours including Japan, China and the Republic of Korea.

Each year Australia becomes home to migratory shorebirds such as the grey plover, red knot and common sandpiper during their non-breeding season. These birds rely on Australia’s coastal and freshwater wetlands as places to rest and feed, with some travelling up to 11,500 kilometres non-stop to get here.

The Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds is available online at: www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/wildlife-conservation-plan-migratory-shorebirds-2016