Marine and Coastal Waterbirds

The number of waterbirds at any given location is heavily influenced by the availability of suitable wetland habitats, food supply and predation in their Victorian and Australian ranges. Research at the Western Treatment Plant and in Western Port has recorded declining numbers for various species. The large size of the Gippsland Lakes has limited the number and location of bird counts but diversity and abundance have been assessed as ‘fair’ from the available data.

Region: 
Western Port, All Gippsland Lakes, Other Marine and Coastal Areas, Port Phillip Bay
Measures: 
Total counts of waterbirds