Jackson, M. V.
Globally, migratory shorebirds are in serious decline and face multiple threats throughout their migration path. One of the most significant threats in Australia, where many shorebird species spend the non-breeding season, is disturbance – especially at high tide roosts. The Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme has recently released a literature review and summary factsheet on the importance of artificial roosts for migratory shorebirds. A number of studies have shown that artificial habitats can sometimes provide attractive high tide roosts for shorebirds, particularly when they are shielded from disturbance. You can also read more about the research project here.