Hooded Plover Case Study

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The purpose of this investigation is to help show how people could help save the Hooded Plovers from extinction. People tend to think that the beaches are just covered in sand. For many years now, people have been visiting beaches around South Australia; and which has out a negative impact on the flora and fauna. The Hooded Plovers are highly endangered. There are less then 800 Hooded Plover in South Australia, and only 7,000 in Australia. The main reason that the Hooded Plovers are under threat is because the birds nest in the sand and are very vulnerable due to vehicles, dogs and people. “Because beach-nesting birds have such poor breeding success, their numbers are declining and it won’t be long before they become extinct. They
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The primary sources will be used to gain information are interviews (see appendix 1) and a survey (see appendix 2). The interviews will be conducted with beach users. The secondary sources such as books, websites, articles and online PDF’s which will provide evidence. More secondary sources will be used as they are easier to find.
What is a Hooded Plover?

The hooded plover has many different names such as, Thinornis Rubicollis, Hooded Dotterel and their genus name used to be Charduis. The Hooded Plovers lives in the sand dunes along the beaches between South Australia and New South wales. Hooded Plovers are highly endangered, having less the 800 birds left in South Australia. The Hooded Plover are more common to show in Spring and summer. They are a medium- sized sandy brown bird. The male and females are very similar. Young Hooded Plovers look like the adults, but without a black head.

Along beaches where Hooded Plover nest, signs like this are found at the entrances to the beach. This sign is put out to prewarn people that Hooded Plovers live there and to be extra careful. This is an example of a Positive Human impact on the Hooded Plovers.
What kind of beach goers are there?
There are various beach users, such
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However, I went out around some public beaches to interview some beach goers. I got a total of 22 respondents who participated. Through doing these interviews I found out that 50% of the respondents didn’t know what a Hooded Plover is. Interestingly, 63.64% of the interviewed are interested in beach conservation. When asking what interest’s them, one stood out, Molly (15) stated “the beach is a lot of people’s happy place, it’s unfair how some people treat it. The hooded plovers are in threat and not much is being done about it, more protection needs to be done about this.” A few respondents stated that they think that people are affecting the Hooded plovers as a community member stated, “people, and some areas should be go into restricted areas blocked off more to help the poor birds.” I had a longer chat with this person, and they said, “I rarely come to the beach because I don’t like the dogs running around the beaches not being on a leash, when it says that there’s a certain time where dogs can come off their

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