300 shorebirds show their approval for the Floating Roost Trial!

300 shorebirds show their approval for the Floating Roost Trial!

As shorebirds continue their northern migration, filtering through east Asia, we have received some exciting results from our recently installed Korean floating roost. Read the brief summary below or visit the project page for more information on the trial and site blogs featuring updates from Port Philip BayHunter Estuary and Geum Estuary.

Korean Floating Roost Trial update - 300 shorebirds recorded on the Sol Ri floating roost. 
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Over the last 6 months BirdLife have been implementing our Floating Roost Trial in an attempt to address a continued loss of high-tide roosts throughout the flyway.

 In late April we installed our Republic of Korea floating roosts on Seocheon County's Janghang coast, with the aid of our local partners. This site, on the banks of Geum Estuary, was the inspiration for the trial and certainly the target habitat for roost deployment.

 Three weeks on and our man on the ground Young-Min Moon has reported some exciting results as an increasing number of shorebirds utilised the roosts approaching spring tide conditions. Peak occupation was reached on May 9th as 300 shorebirds sought refuge at our Sol Ri install (see video below) sitting out the enormous 6.7m tide which had inundated all nearby roosting opportunities. Similar patterns of use have been observed in subsequent high tides. A small positive sign in an otherwise desperate situation.

Image: Terek Sandpipers were the first to use the artificial roost, by Chris Purnell.

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