Nature conservation

Threatened species

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

Saving our Species strategy

This species has been assigned to the Partnership (range-restricted) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species occurs within NSW.

Conservation status

Strategic importance

Migratory shorebirds are in general decline across their range and NSW has responsibility for their protection under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. NSW has sites of national significance to the species. Threats at these sites are likely to impact the security of these species in NSW if not properly managed.

Conservation status in other Australian jurisdictions

Australian state/territoryConservation status
Northern TerritoryVulnerable
South AustraliaRare
Western AustraliaVulnerable

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, 5 management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Richmond River Estuary Priority management siteProposed Ballina, Byron, Lismore, Richmond Valley 
Clarence River Estuary Priority management siteProposed Clarence Valley 
Manning River Estuary Priority management siteActive Mid-Coast 
Hunter Estuary and Port Stephens Priority management siteActive Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid-Coast, Newcastle, Port Stephens 
Shoalhaven Estuary Priority management siteActive Goulburn Mulwaree, Shoalhaven 

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.