Shoalhaven City Council is appealing to dog owners, and visitors with dogs, to keep away from nesting sites of endangered shore birds on the South Coast.
In particular, dog owners are being advised to check signage at Cormorant Beach, Bawley Point following the nesting of a pair of critically endangered Hooded Plover birds in the dunes at the northern end of the beach.
Officers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be erecting signage at Cormorant Beach to advise of the restrictions around shorebird nesting areas.
State legislation advises that dogs are prohibited within 200 metres of a shorebird nesting site.
Beaches to the north, Bawley Beach and North Beach; and to the south, Gannet Beach and Murramarang Beach, can be used as an alternative to exercise your dogs on leash whilst the signage is in place.
Council also asks owners to take care at other known nesting locations including Berara Beach (Hooded Plovers), Manyana Beach (Hooded Plovers), Narrawalle Inlet (Hooded Plovers), Tabourie Lake entrance Conjola (Little Terns) and Lake Wollumboola (Little Terns).
Local volunteers are also working with NPWS to help protect the sites.