Image of status for migratory shorebirds, showing Very Poor result, Declining trend and Medium data confidence.

The status of migratory shorebirds in Port Phillip Bay in 2022-2023 was Very Poor and the trend is Declining. This status is informed by available time-series data collected by BirdLife Australia (abundance data of 28 species) and applying the Living Planet Index (for details see methodology). The confidence score for this data is Medium. The downward trend reflects findings at both state and national reporting scales examined by the Threatened Species Index (TSX) and the Australia’s migratory shorebirds Trends and prospects (Rodgers et al. 2023).

Migratory shorebirds abundance is a good indicator of the state of the marine environment.

Photo of a Sandpiper walking through shallow water

Photo Credit: Hayley Alexander

These birds forage select prey with diverse traits (body size, bill shape, leg length), at various depths and habitats such as nearshore, offshore, estuaries, wetlands and coastal habitat types. Sites across Port Phillip Bay (West) and the Bellarine Peninsular are significant shorebird habitats recognised under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

Data Citation: BLA (2023) Birdata Platform Extraction, BirdLife Australia, Melbourne.
Map Data Source: CoastKit
Data contributors and acknowledgements:

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Page last updated: 17/04/24