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Fantastic news for Fairy Terns

Some great news has arrived from Point Walter Spit. The vulnerable Fairy Tern which uses this habitat for nesting has recorded an estimated 150 nests with eggs or small chicks for this breeding season.

These migratory birds build their nests on the beach, leaving them exposed to disturbances such as humans and predators. If the birds are disturbed frequently, they may abandon their nests, resulting in nest failure. With the help and support from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the City of Melville, several conservation management actions have improved nesting and breeding success, leading to a record number of breeding pairs being recorded at Point Walter Spit this season.

The breeding season is still in full swing, so please continue to avoid the spit for the next few months, to keep the area a safe habitat for these nesting birds.