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Short-tailed shearwater migration

Thu 18 Apr 5PM Ends: Fri 10 May 10PM

Annual short-tailed shearwater migration

Phillip Island Nature Parks has again joined forces with VicRoads to increase the chicks’ chances of successfully departing the island, and to increase the awareness of motorists to potentially hazardous driving conditions. During that time birds may end up on the roads at night as they learn to fly, and of course this can cause a hazard to not only the birds but to drivers as well. 

Date: We expect most of the shearwater fledglings will depart sometime between 18 April 2019 and 10 May 2019. 

Changes to Phillip Island Road and  San Remo Bridge

  • The Nature Parks will implement several road safety initiatives including lowering speed limits on affected roads to 40km/h, placing electronic message boards, and installing a VicRoads supplied mobile billboard to let motorists know that there may be shearwaters on the roads.
  • The birds are known to flock to the San Remo bridge lights, so in conjunction with SP Ausnet, the bridge lights will be switched off as in previous years for up to 8-10 nights some time around or after 25 April 2019.
  • Nature Parks’ staff and a dedicated band of volunteers will be patrolling areas where the birds are likely to land on roads, particularly around Surf Beach, Cape Woolamai and near the Penguin Parade.

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