Shorebirds, also known as waders, are a diverse group of birds commonly seen feeding in intertidal areas or on the fringes of freshwater wetlands. They generally have long legs in relation to their body size, no webbing on their feet and they do not swim. But they can certainly fly!
Shorebirds are increasingly at risk from human activity. Sandy beaches are popular destinations for recreation, with many visitors accessing the beaches with off-road vehicles (ORVs). There is now a significant body of scientific research showing that ORVs are having major impacts on beach ecology on Minjerribah and other sandy beaches throughout South East Queensland, Australia and overseas.