VIC floating roost trials successfully deployed
The first Floating Roost Trial has been successfully rolled-out across three sites at Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant and Parks Vic’s Spit Conservation Reserve.
A small team undertook a Herculean effort across two days to install the roosts. We managed to skirt all the major storms, banjo sharks and clouds of Sharpies to install 360 bags across the northern Spit CR, T-Section pond 6 and the coast south of the Little River Bird Hide.
Consultants conducted pre-assessments on the intertidal ecology around the bags and we have deployed thermologgers to assess the thermal properties of the roosts in collaboration with Deakin University. We have installed remote cameras to monitor the colonisation of the roosts and can already see that ducks, terns and the occasional sandpiper are using the sites! In addition, we will rely on observer records. Read more about how you can submit data here.
Thank you to our major sponsors, and Birdlife Melbourne, as well as Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water for their continued support across the sites. Thanks also to The Nature Conservancy for providing the oyster shell.