Salt works decommissioned in 2007, bird numbers have declined by over 60%.
Site still considered nationally significant wetland:
Important habitat for the Critically Endangered Curlew Sandpiper
Still supports over 2,000 birds a year
If managed correctly, the site could again support thousands of shorebirds.
Every year, MS fly from the Arctic to Australia and back again.
They breed in the Arctic, then follow the warm weather south, stopping in places like the Yellow Sea to rest before continuing the journey south.
During the Australian summer, migratory shorebirds find refuge on our coasts and wetlands, foraging and gaining weight for the journey back North to breed. Some are only 14cm tall!
KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS (KBAS)
Key Biodiversity Areas are internationally significant sites that are crucial to saving threatened species.
They are chosen based on criteria agreed upon by some of the world’s leading conservation organisations.
Moolap salt works is part of the Bellarine Wetlands KBA, which includes Lake Connewarre, Reedy Lake and Hospital Swamp.
This makes the Moolap salt works one of the most important places on earth for saving species.The Victorian Government is currently deciding the site’s future. Join us in calling for the establishment of Victoria's first International Bird Sanctuary. Visit BirdLife Australia - www.birdsyoulove.org/moolap