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Location Australia, Victoria
Central coordinates 146o 9.20' East  38o 49.22' South
IBA criteria A1, A4i
Area 1,835 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

BirdLife Australia

Summary Shallow Inlet supports more than 1% of the world's Double-banded Plovers and Red-necked Stints, and has supported the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (confirmed by a sighting in 2007).

Site description The IBA contains all of the coastal habitat in the inlet, notably intertidal mud and saltmarsh. Shallow Inlet is a large tidal embayment with a single channel to the sea, on Victoria's south-eastern coastline near Wilson's Promontory. The seaward side is enclosed by a sandy barrier complex of spits, bars and mobile dunes. The extensive mudflats and sandy intertidal areas provide excellent habitat for shorebirds. The site also includes good quality saltmarsh, which may regularly support Orange-bellied Parrots (although only one has been seen in recent years). The IBA includes the Shallow Inlet Saltmarsh Flora & Fauna Reserve to the east of the inlet, the Flora & Fauna Reserve to the west and the eastern section of the Waratah Bay Shallow Inlet Coastal Reserve.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Double-banded Plover Charadrius bicinctus non-breeding  1984-1989  538-597 individuals  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis non-breeding  1981-1987  3,366-5,421 individuals  good  A4i  Least Concern 
Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster non-breeding  2007  1 individuals  good  A1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park 1,971 protected area overlaps with site 1,658  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Salt marshes; Sand cays, islets & bars  major
Shrubland Other shrublands  minor

Land ownership Victorian State Government.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture minor
nature conservation and research major
tourism/recreation minor

Protection status The IBA overlaps with Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park.

Acknowledgements Bird data and site description from Shorebirds Site Network nomination by Peter Collins. Bird data supplied by the AWSG Victorian Branch and DSE for Sanderling.

References Australian Wetlands Information Sheet for Shallow Inlet (accessed 2006).

AWSG wader count database (accessed 2006).

Parks Victoria Information Sheet for Shallow Inlet Marine & Coastal Park (accessed 2006).

Weston, M. (2003) Managing the Hooded Plover in Victoria. Unpublished report to Parks Victoria, Melbourne.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shallow Inlet. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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