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The Shoalhaven on the NSW south coast is home to an amazing variety of birds and is a mecca for birdwatchers.
BirdLife Shoalhaven promotes a better understanding of our birds and works tirelessly to ensure their survival.

The Shoalhaven

BirdLife Shoalhaven encompasses the shire of Shoalhaven City (known locally and probably universally as the Shoalhaven) including the Jervis Bay Territory, which together make up a long, narrow coastal strip of land on the south coast of NSW stretching from south of Gerringong to north of Bateman's Bay, and west to the Southern Highlands. Our area includes the main towns of Nowra, Berry and Ulladulla and many national parks including Jervis Bay, Booderee, Morton and the Budawangs.

Rock Warbler (NSW's only endemic bird) Key Biodiversity Areas and National Parks

The Shoalhaven contains a number of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA), including the Jervis Bay KBA, the Lake Wollumboola KBA, and parts of the Budderoo KBA and the Ulladulla to Merimbula KBA, as well as a number of national parks.

The Jervis Bay National Park on both sides of Jervis Bay have been identified as a KBA because the coastal heathland supports a population of the endangered Eastern Bristlebird. Lake Wollumboola is a coastal lake north of Jervis Bay, part of Jervis Bay National Park, which often supports over 1% of the world population of Black Swans, especially in drought years.

The Budderoo and Barren Grounds Key Biodiversity Area on the northern boundary of the Shoalhaven contains the endangered Eastern Bristlebird, Ground Parrots and Pilotbirds. The Ulladulla to Merimbula Key Biodiversity Area comprises a strip of coastal land stretching from the Shoalhaven south, and is an important site for Swift Parrots as well as endangered shorebirds.

Special Birds of the Region

In addition to the birds mentioned above, the Shoalhaven is also home to other endangered and special birds including the Little Tern, Hooded Plover, Pied Oystercatcher, Glossy Black Cockatoo and Rock Warbler (NSW's only endemic bird - pictured). Regent Honeyeaters have also been recorded on both sides of Jervis Bay, and in Nowra.


The Shoalhaven is located approximately 160km south of Sydney in New South Wales (in Australia) - stretching from 7 Mile Beach in the north to Durras Lake in the south. Birdwatching activities are conducted by the branch and affiliates based in Nowra, Jervis Bay and the Milton - Ulladulla region.