|Central coordinates||145o 47.69' East 38o 39.46' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 2m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2009|
Summary The site contains significant intertidal mudflats which attract internationally significant numbers of Red-necked Stints. It may also prove to regularly support the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (six were seen in 1998 and two in 1999).
Site description The IBA consists of the whole estuary of the Tarwin river, including all areas of saltmarsh and fringing vegetation. Anderson Inlet is one of the largest estuaries on the Victorian coast, situated between Westernport and Corner Inlet. A series of spits developed across a former embayment to create the inlet which has in-filled with estuarine sediment. Large areas of mudflats are exposed at low tide. The ocean beach on the seaward side of the spits (outside the IBA boundary) is sandy and supports few birds.
Key Biodiversity The site also regularly supports significant numbers of the following species but they do not exceed the thresholds: Double-banded Plover max. count 275 in 2003, Eastern Curlew max. count 300 in 2000, Chestnut Teal max. count 553 in 2003 and Pacific Gull max. count 68 in 2006. Hooded Plover along beach of Venus Bay west of IBA (recorded maximum count was 28, with 24 in 2006). The biome-restricted Striated Fieldwren is frequently encountered in vegetation around the margin of the inlet (Atlas of Australian Birds database).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis||non-breeding||2000-2006||543-6,390 individuals||good||A4i||Least Concern|
|Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster||non-breeding||1998-2006||6 individuals||good||A1||Critically Endangered|
|2008||medium||not assessed||not assessed|
|Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data|
|Human intrusions and disturbance||recreational activities||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||no or imperceptible deterioration||low|
|Invasive and other problematic species and genes||invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species||happening now||some of area/population (10-49%)||slow but significant deterioration||medium|
|Pollution||agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded||happening now||majority/most of area/population (50-90%)||no or imperceptible deterioration||low|
|Residential and commercial development||housing and urban areas||likely in short term (within 4 years)||small area/few individuals (<10%)||very rapid to severe deterioration||low|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Cape Liptrap Coastal Park||Other Park||4,225||protected area overlaps with site||6|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Mangrove wetlands; Salt marshes||major|
Land ownership Managed by Victorian State Government DSE and several Committees of Management.
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: recreational fishing and bait gathering|
|Notes: duck hunting in season|
|Notes: popular for camping and wide range of boating activities|
Protection status Small overlap with Cape Liptrap Coastal Park.
Acknowledgements Bird data supplied by the AWSG Victorian Branch and Jim and Anthea Whitelaw with consultation with Brian Martin - Parks Victoria.
References AWSG wader count database (accessed 2006). DEWHA (2008) Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia. http://www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/wetlands/database/ accessed 2008. Weston, M. (2003) Managing the Hooded Plover in Victoria. Unpublished report to Parks Victoria, Melbourne.
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