Litter Hotspots: Wader Beach for Birds Not Litter
Friends of Williamstown Wetlands
The Friends of Williamstown Wetlands' (FOWW) 'Wader Beach for Birds not Litter' project received two rounds of funding. The community group's first project was aimed at identifying the nature and extent of litter washing up on Wader Beach, east of the mouth of Kororoit Creek near Williamstown. This was done by conducting litter surveys to identify where litter was coming by analysing tidal movements and its effect on litter. This led to FOWW developing an action plan to clean up and reduce litter in the high conservation area, and prevent the mobilisation of litter in the Port Phillip Bay.
FOWW's second project focused on gathering more evidence on litter sources and its impact on marine life. They also engaged with the local community to raise awareness of the impact of litter.
FOWW's action plan involved:
- conducting surveys to gather further evidence on litter sources and its impacts on marine life
- investigating waterways and drainage systems that may transport litter into Port Phillip Bay and onto Wader Beach
- raising awareness in the local community of the impacts of litter and what they can do to help
- strengthening partnerships and identifying responsibilities for reducing litter into the future.
The overall key achievements from FOWW's projects included:
- collecting over 4,300kg of litter
- conducting a series of community education events to raise awareness of the impact litter
- an analysis report on findings from litter surveys.
Case study: Wader Beach for birds not litter Case Study 1.2 MB
This case study examines the 'Wader Beach for Birds not Litter' project delivered by the Friends of Williamstown Wetlands.
This final report was written by the Friends of Williamstown Wetlands as part of their first Litter Hotspots funded project 'Wader Beach for Birds not Litter'. The report highlights the project's key activities, including communications, PR and marketing as well as hotspot data and approaches taken to reducing litter on Wader Beach.
This report is an analysis of litter data collected from Wader Beach and Greenwich Bay from December 2014 to May 2015 to identify where litter is coming from.
This report was written by the Friends of Williamstown Wetlands as part of their second Litter Hotspots funded project 'Wader Beach for Birds not Litter - tracking the plastic' which focused on gathering more data and evidence on litter sources and their impacts on marine life whilst raising awareness in the local community. The report highlights the project's key activities, including communications, PR and marketing as well as hotspot data and approaches taken to reducing litter on Wader Beach.
This Friends of Willliamstown Wetlands report documents the impacts of plastics on marine life, raising community awareness, waterways and wetlands surveys, and partnerships and responsibilities.
Last updated: 20/05/2020