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About the project

Launched in 2013 by Citizen Science Coordinator Dr Nic Dunlop, the South West Fairy Tern Project supports members of the community to protect the threatened Australian Fairy Tern Sternula nereis nereis

In 2016, the Western Australian Fairy Tern Network was established to facilitate a wholistic approach to conservation. The Network provides a platform for communication and the coordination of conservation actions among researchers, land and wildlife managers, non-government organisations and citizen-scientists.

A guide to Fairy Tern (Sternula nereis nereis) Conservation in South-Western Australia has been developed to support community groups and land managers in their pursuit to deliver improved outcomes for Fairy Terns. The guide takes a holistic perspective to conservation and focuses on the process of finding solutions at a variety of locations and on different spatial scales. The guide was compiled by Dr Dunlop, assisted by contributions from members of the Western Australian Fairy Tern Network. The publishing of the second edition in 2018 was supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council.

The WA Fairy Tern Network has more than 400 members actively involved in observing the movement, distribution and breeding biology of the birds. The ‘Fairy Tern Conservation Group Facebook page provides a platform to report sightings of banded birds, movements, breeding and general field observations.


Fairy Tern (Sternula Nereis) Conservation in South-Western Australia

Fairy Tern Conservation Strategy Mid West Coast

Fairy Tern Conservation Strategy Abrolhos

Fairy Tern Conservation Strategy South West Coast