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EPBC Act Update: Reclassification of 12 Species Now in Effect

Effective from 5th January 2024, the threatened listing status of 12 species were amended under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999. All species reclassified were migratory, wetland indicator species of avifauna. A total of 8 species were added to the list, and 4 species had their classification updated. (Source: List of Threatened Species Amendment (397) Instrument 2023, Plibersek T)

Limosa lapponica baueriWestern Alaskan Bar-tailed GodwitFrom Vulnerable to EndangeredInhabits the northern, southern and eastern coasts
and wetland regions of the continent.
Limosa lapponica
Northern Siberian Bar-tailed
From Critically Endangered to
Inhabits the western coasts and wetland regionals of the continent.
Limosa limosaBlack-tailed GodwitEndangeredFound in coastal regions across the continent.
Tringa nebulariaCommon GreenshankEndangeredFound along coastal regions throughout the continent, and occasionally in inland regions.
Arenaria interpresRuddy TurnstoneVulnerableFound along coastal regions across the continent.
Sharp-tailed SandpiperVulnerableFound widespread throughout continental freshwater and saline environments.
Calidris canutusRed KnotFrom Endangered to VulnerableFound widespread throughout coastal regions of the continent and island regions.
Great KnotFrom Critically Endangered to
Found scattered across the continental coasts, widespread in the Northern Territories.
Latham’s SnipeVulnerableDispersed across the eastern inland and coastal regions of the continent.
Asian DowitcherVulnerableDistributed across the northern coasts of the continent.
Grey PloverVulnerableScattered across all coastal regions of the continent, abundant on the west and southern coasts.
Xenus cinereusTerek SandpiperVulnerableScattered coastal distribution, more common in eastern and southern coasts.

As indicated, these migratory species have large habitat ranges, some of which cover coastal and wetland regions within Queensland. This is expected to have effects on the ecological planning and assessment of some coastal and wetland areas within future developments.

For more information on these species, refer to the Species Profile and Threats Database to view the full EPBC Act list of Threatened Fauna.

Feel free to contact Nelson Wills on 07 5575 7308 or should you have any questions on the above.

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