Wadjup Point in Shelley vital for wading birds

A black-winged stilt
Hooded plovers
A black-winged stilt Hooded plovers

THE environmental importance of Shelley’s Wadjup Point was highlighted when the City of Canning reported the hooded plover listed as a vulnerable species.

The response came after Shelley resident Andrew Morrison questioned Council in May about what was so unique about the protected bird life at the point.

Mr Morrison had earlier petitioned the Council unsuccessfully for more off-lead dog exercise areas along Canning River foreshore in Shelley.

At last week’s ordinary Council meeting, a report by a City officer said Wadjup Point contained extensive shallow water and mudflat areas that were home to wading birds including pied oystercatchers, common greenshanks, hooded plovers, and the black winged stilt.

“This type of environment is utilised extensively by wading birds.

“Mudflats and shallow water areas are the preferred feeding grounds for many wading birds. There are some wading species that use these areas as part of their international migration patterns.”

She said the hooded plover was listed as a vulnerable species in Australia and its survival depended on undisturbed shores for successful breeding.

She said the common greenshank was a bird species that migrated throughout the world.

“They do not breed in Australia; however, feeding in Australian waters is essential for the birds to build up their energy supplies before migration. Disturbance during feeding can reduce the energy reserves these birds require for migration.”

She said Wadjup Point also was a feeding ground for black-winged stilts.

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