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Special Offer

South Coast shorebird recovery program

Conjola National Park


Join up

The pied oystercatcher, little tern and hooded plover are among NSW’s endangered shorebirds. If you're a beach-loving local on the South Coast, volunteer for the shorebird recovery program.

Specific threatened species (plants or animals)

From August to April (shorebird breeding season).

Conjola National Park
Join up

This volunteering program covers various beaches and lakes south of Wollongong. An activity may take place near Conjola National Park, Murramarang National Park, Meroo National Park or Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve. As a volunteer, you’ll undertake activities such as:

•    Bird watching
•    Locating nests and chicks
•    Surveying beaches for shorebirds
•    Installing nest protection (temporary fencing and signage)
•    Monitoring nest progress and recording data
•    Identifying threats
•    Educating beach-goers

Programs run during breeding season from August to April, and training courses are frequently offered. So if you live near the beach on the NSW South Coast, find out about volunteering at a nearby national park or reserve. We look forward to hearing from you.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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