|Central coordinates||145o 47.69' East 38o 39.46' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i|
|Altitude||0 - 2m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
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.
|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|
|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 Unpublished report to Parks Victoria, Melbourne.
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