Point Leo and Shoreham’s Beach Nesting Birds

Many of you will have noticed a number of roped fences and new signs informing you of the Red-capped Plovers and occasional Hooded Plovers that are nesting and raising chicks on the Point Leo and Shoreham beaches. In conjunction with BirdLife Australia, the friends of Hooded Plover group on the Mornington Peninsula have secured a Coastcare grant to establish a monitoring and management project for Red-capped Plovers. The project is supported and assisted by the Point Leo, Shoreham and Balnarring Foreshore Committees and their rangers.
Red-capped plover male (left) and female are shown below.

The Red-capped Plover is the smallest of our resident beach nesting birds and are often extremely difficult to see while foraging around the sea-grass mats that cover much of our Western Port Beaches. They generally lay 2 small eggs in a shallow sand nest on the open beach and rely on camouflage to protect them. After 28 day of incubation the chicks hatch and take a further 35 days before they can fly (fledge).

The nests and young chicks are extremely susceptible to inadvertent trampling and thus the need for fencing. Before the older chicks can fly they are referred to as ‘runners’ because they run to collect food and run to escape danger. At this age they are susceptible to being caught by inquisitive off–lead dogs with fatal consequence.

Although the Red-capped Plover is considered relatively common around Australia, it is not known if the populations are stable and there is still much to learn about their life cycle and behaviour. There has been a fear that with increasing beach usage, the breeding birds may be lost to our beaches thus the need for this project. Last year from 13 recorded nests at Point Leo we know of 15 chicks that hatched and 5 that survived to fledge. Is this a good result? We don’t know.

If you find a nest please email me on markleth1@bigpond.com or Rob Patrick on rob@farmingminds.com.au including details of date and location.

Mark Lethlean


Area Vegetation Pruning (AVP) Program – Shoreham and Point Leo

Sam Dellasanta with whom SCA has liaised with in reference to Byrnes road weed removal, kindly made contact to inform SCA that residents would be notified of this pruning program. Notification of the SCA and residents is appreciated since previous pruning in other villages and parts of Shoreham has been carried out without residents being informed and the scale of the pruning has been considered by many to be unacceptable.

SCA is to have a meeting with Steven Hosking of the company contracted to carry out the work. He is happy to meet any residents on site if they have concerns as to trees being pruned in their street.

Please contact Sue Boggan – sueboggan1@gmail.com or 5989 8501 if you have any concerns about roadside pruning.


Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at the Shoreham Post Office

The Shoreham Community Association thanks the Balnarring & District Community Bank for supplying an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in Shoreham. This has been installed at the entrance to the Shoreham Post Office. It is contained in an alarmed cabinet that can be opened by anyone needing to use it in an emergency.

Defibrillators like these have been shown to help save lives, particularly in the event of someone having a heart attack.  They can be used to help keep a heart beating while a person is waiting for an Ambulance to arrive. As an ambulance could take over 30 minutes to get to Shoreham the rapid use of the AED could therefore be a lifesaver. In the event of an emergency the first step of course would be to dial "000" which would get professional help on the way.  The next step would be to obtain the AED from the cabinet at the Shoreham Post Office and to connect it to the patient. The AED comes with a verbal instruction that talks the user through what to do while waiting for the ambulance. The AED will automatically do what is required for the patient - hence its name an "automatic external defibrillator".

Bendigo Bank has also installed defibrillators at the following locations: 

  • Ritchie's IGA Balnarring

  • Westernport Yacht Club

  • Balnarring Foreshore Ranger's Office

  • Pt Leo Foreshore Ranger's Office (24 hour access)

  • Flinders Yacht Club

  • Balnarring & District Community Bank (24 hour access)

  • Balnarring CFA

  • Somers Caravan Park - co-sponsored with Somers Primary School (24 hour access)

  • Flinders General Store - co-sponsored with Flinders District Lions Club (24 hour access) AND now

  • Shoreham Post Office (24 hour access)