Over the last three years the AFL Coming Home to Roost project has been studying the High Tide Roost (HTR) sites alongside the Severn Estuary within the project area. HTRs are the areas of land adjacent to the estuary where the wetland birds come to roost once the tide is high and the mudflats are covered. These areas are essential for the birds to use for resting until the tide drops and they return to the river. Within the AFL area we have identified several of these sites and a team of our volunteers has been monitoring them monthly providing essential data to help us understand better what birds are using them and in what number.
Unfortunately these HTR sites can be prone to disturbance, albeit often unintentional, which can have a negative impact on the birds. As part of Coming Home to Roost we also want to raise awareness about these sites and the importance of not getting too close and in particular keeping dogs on leads when the tide is high and there are groups of birds roosting. At Littleton and Aust our interpretation panels carry a message about the birds and we have also designed some pop up banners and leaflets which can be used at events.
Download your copy of our leaflet about birds and HTRs here.