Nature conservation

Threatened species

Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)



Saving our Species strategy

This species has been assigned to the Keep-watch species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

The species nests primarily in reserved off shore islands and is impacted by few threatening processes across its range.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to ensure the security of this species 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, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

  • This species is likely to be secure in NSW for the long term without targeted management, assuming adequate ongoing management of habitat within the public reserve system. This species is therefore a lower priority for investment than other, more threatened species that have urgent management requirements. Any change in the status of this species (e.g. decline in abundance or emergence of a significant threat) will trigger a shift to the Site-managed stream and the development of a conservation project, which will be prioritised for implementation.
A number of state-wide conservation actions have also been identified for this threatened species, which can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Show actions

  • Undertake regular coordinated survey of coastlines and off-shore islands to determine distribution and extent of breeding habitat.
  • Assess threats at key breeding sites.
  • Implement effective exotic predator control on off-shore islands, particularly for rats, where required.
  • Ensure minimum disturbance during the breeding season on off-shore islands.
  • Undertake weed control on off-shore islands used for breeding where required.
  • Improve understanding of the species through promotion of the DEC Threatened Species website and other educational material.
  • Employ shorebird recovery coordinators.

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.