Saltmarsh Threat Abatement and Recovery Project (STAR Project)
Lying along Eyre Peninsula’s 3,292km coastline are areas of Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh under increasing threat of degradation. These saltmarshes are listed as a nationally Threatened Ecological Community.
This project, supported by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, is focusing on land care actions to help protect and improve these threatened saltmarsh communities along with the threatened Hooded Plover. We are doing this through activities such as monitoring, revegetation, weed management, improving hydrological flows and removing marine debris.
Eyre Peninsula beaches are home to:
- 23% of the national distribution of saltmarshes
- 18% of the national Hooded Plover population
- One-third of SA’s intertidal samphire habitats.
Coastal saltmarshes are a vital part of the Eyre Peninsula’s ecology. They protect our shorelines, act as blue-carbon sinks, and are important fish nurseries and bird habitat.
Monitoring the Hooded Plover
Hooded Plovers are one of Australia’s top 20 threatened fauna species. These birds live on our beautiful beaches but are at risk from a range of threats.
Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board staff are working with BirdLife volunteers to monitor key nesting territories along our coast. Hooded Plovers nest on our beaches between August and April, laying their eggs in a shallow scrape on the upper beach above the high tide mark. This leaves them susceptible to a variety of disturbances, including off-leash dogs, vehicles driving on the beach, introduced predators, such as cats and foxes and native predators such as gulls and ravens. Monitoring is helping to prioritise targeted intervention work to help improve this species survival along our coast.
We encourage you to get involved in this project.
If you join our group of volunteers, you’ll grow your knowledge of the important saltmarshes of Eyre Peninsula and help to prevent the processes that threaten these amazing landscapes.
While COVID restrictions have impacted on our ability to run regular events, people can still get involved by volunteering for monitoring and other activities. Contact your closest EP Landscape Board office to talk about the opportunities available.
You can also check our events page for any upcoming activities that might interest you.
The STAR Project deliverables align with the:
Saltmarsh expert Peri Coleman from Delta Environmental Consulting presents an engaging series of talks aimed at community decision makers, coastal ambassadors, teachers, bird groups and interested public.
Read our latest regional report (scroll to the end section of the page) which includes an overview of our STAR project activities during the past quarter. You can also subscribe to our quarterly newsletter which provides updates on all our projects.
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