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Join the conversation about a management plan for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary to help shape the future use and enjoyment for the area. 

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is a globally recognised conservation area for migratory shorebirds as well as a great place to get outdoors. Just north of Adelaide, the Bird Sanctuary stretches up the coastline for 60km from its Southern Gateway at St Kilda to its Northern Gateway at Thompson Beach.

To conserve a core area of the Bird Sanctuary, the State Government recently created South Australia’s newest national park, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara (pronounced Wee-nay-chi-nay-chi Pan-ker-a), meaning ‘Home for all Birds’.

As its name suggests, the Bird Sanctuary has been created to protect migratory shorebirds, many of which are endangered, and fly from as far as Russia and Alaska to Adelaide’s northern shores every year. The Bird Sanctuary has recently received global recognition, through the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Network, as a site that is critical to the conservation of migratory shorebirds. 

Over the past two years the Bird Sanctuary team from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, have been working closely with our Kaurna and local communities to begin the development of a Bird Sanctuary that conserves nature while providing real outcomes for people.

With the National Park in place we are now embarking on developing a management plan for the whole of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

We invite you to join the conversation about a management plan for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary to help shape the future use and enjoyment for the area. 

What is being decided?

A management plan for the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary is being created, which will cover:

  • Where the boundaries of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary and National Park will be, to ensure we are protecting shorebirds while encouraging use and enjoyment.
  • What the management plan should outline, such as public access, recreational use and enjoyment and cultural practices and conservation of plants and animals.

We have been engaging and listening for more than two years on how to create a vision and sustainable future for the Bird Sanctuary and now we’d like to hear about how you want to use the Bird Sanctuary for the things you love:

  • What would you like to see more of?
  • What’s concerning you and your family?
  • What do you think needs protecting?

We want to hear it all. From there we’ll work towards balancing the needs of people and nature through the creation of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary Management Plan. 

Get involved

Join the conversation online or come along to one of our public information sessions listed below. View all the dates and venue location details here. Can’t make it in person? You can also send your thoughts via:

  • email: dewnr.aibs@sa.gov.au
  • written submission: Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, DEWNR, PO BOX 147, Adelaide, 5000

How can your input influence the decision?

Your voice will help us to shape the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary’s Management Plan. 

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