How dog walkers can share the shore

Follow these easy tips to keep our threatened beach-nesting birds safe while walking your dog along the shore.

The hooded plover (Thinornis rubricollis) is critically endangered and endemic to southern Australia and Tasmania where it inhabits ocean beaches and sub-coastal lagoons

Every summer, from August to March, threatened beach-nesting birds raise their chicks on NSW’s picturesque beaches. Hooded plovers, pied oystercatchers and beach-stone curlews are locals to these beaches all year-round, while little terns make the massive journey from places as far away as South-East Asia to return home to our beaches to nest.

Unleashed domestic dogs pose a major threat to these birds during this vulnerable period. However, there are three easy things you can do to share the shore with these amazing birds:

  • Always leash your dog – especially between August and March, when the birds are trying to raise their kids!
  • Walk on the wet sand – shorebirds usually nest up in the dry sand, so it’s best to stick to the wet sand that’s close to the water’s edge.
  • Pay attention to the signs – if you see a fenced off area or beach-nesting bird signs on the beach, read what they say and put plenty of space between you and the nesting area.

Remember, dogs are not permitted in national parks. For more information on beach-nesting birds, visit: