Endangered birds looking to nest

A PAIR of endangered Beach Stone-curlews has been scouting for a nest site in Richmond River Nature Reserve, South Ballina.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ranger, Holly North, said for the first time on record a pair of Beach Stone-Curlews successfully raised a chick in the nature reserve last year and it was exciting to see their return.

“The Beach Stone-Curlew is listed as Critically Endangered in NSW under the Threatened Species Conservation Act.,” Ms North said.

“There are only 14 individuals estimated to be found in NSW, with their main threats being disturbance, habitat loss and predation by foxes, dogs and cats.

“We request visitors to the nature reserve to stay well clear of the Beach Stone-curlews and any other shorebirds."

Sightings of the Beach Stone-curlews can be reported to the NPWS on 02 6627 0200.

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