Shore Plover

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So what's so special about the Shore plover. Read here.    

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is very interested in any shore plover sightings on the mainland and have set up an email address for anyone to report them. Send email for reporting sightings at

If possible, please include the following information:

  • Numbers of birds seen
  • The time of day
  • Location (GPS co-ordinates are really useful)
  • If possible, leg band details of individuals. Take these starting with their left leg (top then bottom band), then their right leg (top then bottom band).

Update 12 April 2014 from Sue Rose

Just to let everyone know that the shore plovers are back visiting the mainland - there have been five birds behind the firestation the last couple of days.  A reminder to the dog walkers to make sure their dogs are kept away from the rocks/beach area near the firestation.

Colour Review by Taffy Parry, added 10/09/2012
Photo by Murry Cave - added 8/09/2012
Shore plover on the rocks at fire station.
See more photos by Murry Cave at his website: 
Photo by Sue Rose - Juvenile Shore Plover Photo by Sue Rose
Photo and text by Sue Rose (on 11 June 2011 Sue counted 32 birds)

Extremely rare shore plovers on Plimmerton beaches

One of New Zealand’s most endangered birds has appeared recently on our beaches, around the fire station corner. These birds are part of the colony being established on Mana Island.

Shore plovers (Thinornis novaeseelandiae) were once widespread around the coast of the South Island but were disappearing by the 1870s. Their global population is estimated to be less than 250 birds.

Friends of Mana Island (FOMI) is funding and providing volunteers for a five year translocation project, which includes extensive monitoring of the newly introduced birds.

The Mana Island project is one of a series of releases of shore plover. Ten pairs are held in captivity at Mount Bruce. Young birds produced by the captive flock are released on to predator free islands, including Mana, as soon as they are old enough to fly.

The only natural breeding population of shore plovers is on Rangatira Island (south east island in the Chatham Islands).

The Mana Island group is showing early signs of success. A pair from 41 juveniles introduced in 2007 hatched and fledged a chick during 2008 and five more young shore plovers fledged in 2009.

A grant from the Birdlife International Community Conservation Fund has helped to establish a new population of endangered shore plovers on Mana Island.

FOMI has assisted DOC to make Mana Island predator free and has planted over half a million trees, restored a wetland and reintroduced threatened birds and reptiles. Forest and Bird have also been heavily involved in the project over the years.

Please keep dogs on leads in this area. Or even better, keep them off this stretch of beach. And nearby residents are asked to keep cats well away. Cats and rats are responsible for the decline of shore plovers and other endangered native birds.

Last Updated: 26/04/2014 5:07pm