Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve Plan of Management

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve covers an area of around 9 hectares and is located adjacent to the coastline at Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of NSW. It consists of two islands: Muttonbird Island and Little Muttonbird Island.

1 July 2009
Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW
Publication, Plan of management, Final
  • ISBN 978-1-74232-383-1
  • ID DECC20090513
  • File PDF 393KB
  • Pages 24
  • Name muttonbird-island-nature-reserve-plan-of-management-090513.pdf

The initial dedication of the reserve in 1971 covered Muttonbird Island (approximately 8 hectares) and was for the conservation and study of seabirds. Little Muttonbird Island was added to the reserve in 2005.

Wedge-tailed shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus), or muttonbirds, breed annually on both islands in the reserve. These birds are listed under international agreements for the protection of migratory birds, as are a number of other birds which frequent the reserve. The reserve also provides habitat for threatened species including the black-winged petrel.

The reserve is within the area of the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal People who named Muttonbird Island “Giidayn Miirral” meaning moon-sacred place. Muttonbird Island is of mythological and symbolic importance to local Aboriginal people.

The reserve provides a unique opportunity to observe a wedge-tailed shearwater rookery at close quarters. A walking track, lookouts and information signs have been constructed on Muttonbird Island.

Photo: Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve / Shane Ruming