Threatened species found nesting on Noosa River
  • Wednesday 23 September 2009

Sunshine Coast shorebird expert Jill Denning has made an exciting discovery and will discuss the sighting of a breeding pair of Beach Stone Curlew with Councillors Green and Griffin at Noosa Spit tomorrow.

The sighting comes just days before the annual closure of the Noosa River mouth, which allows migratory birds a bit of peace to recharge their batteries, before their long flight home.

The lower Noosa River including the North Shore spit will close to 4wd vehicles, pedestrians, dogs, horses and camels from 1 October for six months.

The annual closure has been in force since 2007 when studies revealed that disturbances were impacting on migratory bird species in the estuary.

It is believed that up to 40,000 migratory birds from as far away as Alaska and Asia, representing 43 species, call Noosa “home” at any one time.