In recent years there is increasing recognition of the critical importance of intertidal wetlands to conserving biodiversity, including shorebird populations. However, the necessity of roosting sites, especially during high tides when the intertidal zone is entirely flooded with seawater and the water level is too high for shorebirds, may be less well understood. Due to development and land-use change for human activity, many natural high-tide roosting habitats along the coast have been lost. Shorebirds can sometimes find places to roost within “working coastal wetlands” like aquaculture ponds or salt production ponds, but these are rarely managed for shorebirds and may be subject to rapid changes in management or land use. Therefore, when managing an area for migratory shorebirds, it is critical to secure high-tide roosting habitats alongside preserving intertidal wetlands. These sites may require management in order to provide the features that shorebirds require at high tide.
EAAFP Partner, Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG) launched the “Coastal hightide shorebird habitat management guidelines” on 17th September, 2021 (click [here] for the launching webinar). These guidelines provide evidence-based advice for maintaining and managing natural or artificial (i.e. human-created) coastal wetlands to provide suitable high tide roosting conditions for shorebirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. The guidelines are available in seven languages.
The following documents in different languages are available for downloading:
Suggested Citation: Jackson, Micha V; Straw, Phill (eds), 2021: Coastal hightide shorebird habitat management guidelines. figshare. Online resource. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.16628560.v1