Call for artists to paint murals celebrating shorebirds

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is calling upon local artists in the Shoalhaven area to design and complete murals depicting shorebirds aiming to raise awareness of these special coastal characters in the community.

Hooded plovers or hooded dotterel (Thinornis rubricollis) Wallaga Lake, Far South Coast

Mural designs are already underway in Shoalhaven Heads, Sussex Inlet and Manyana. OEH is now seeking interest from volunteer artists to assist with artwork for murals at Lake Conjola and Ulladulla locations.

OEH Shorebird Recovery Coordinator Simon Tedder said the program is a great way for artists to celebrate beach nesting birds that are endangered in NSW.

"Funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and in partnership with Shoalhaven City Council, the project is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their artistic skills in public spaces within the Shoalhaven", Mr Tedder said.

"All materials will be provided by the Shorebird Recovery Program including paints and brushes.

"The displays will act as important conservation messages to the wider community.

"One artist, Robyn Gibson has already completed a mural at Currarong, which pays tribute to three species of endangered shorebirds that nest on Shoalhaven beaches.

"Robyn's mural is an important reminder that our resident shorebirds, such as Pied Oystercatchers and Hooded Plovers, live and forage for food on Shoalhaven beaches all year round.

"They need the community's help as they nest on beaches where they are highly vulnerable to foxes and other predators, domestic pets, vehicles, storms and king tides", Mr Tedder said.

"We hope that murals across the Shoalhaven will help local residents and visitors to recognise and respect these birds.

"Seemingly small changes to the way people treat beach habitat, such as keeping off dunes or walking their dogs on a leash, can make a big difference to the recovery of shorebird populations.

Please contact Simon Tedder, the Shorebird Recovery Coordinator for more information on (02) 4454 9500 or by email at Simon.Tedder@environment.nsw.gov.au

Contact: OEH Public Affairs