|Most recent IBA monitoring assessment|
|Year of assessment||Threat score (pressure)||Condition score (state)||Action score (response)|
|2016||very high||not assessed||not assessed|
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The IBA is comprised of a 17 km length of beach and associated coastal dune scrub from between Port Fairy and Warrnambool in western Victoria. The IBA extends along the coast from Reef Point to Levy's Beach (approximately 17 km) and inland to include Ruttledge's Cutting, Kelly Swamp and surrounding pasture. The IBA supports two prominent vegetation types: dense coastal dune scrub comprised of medium shrubs (e.g. Coast Wattle, Coast Beard-heath) above a ground cover of grasses, herbs and sedges; and a mosaic of aquatic herbland, coastal saltmarsh and damp saline pasture supporting species such as Beaded Glasswort, Creeping Brookweed, Shiny Swamp-mat, Buck's-horn Plantain and Fathen. The stretches of beach west of Port Fairy from Taylor Bay to Griffith Island (approximately 7 km) and east of Warrnambool from eastern Lady Bay to Gaul's Cave (approximately 5 km), could also be added to the IBA for their relatively high population densities of Hooded Plovers.
Small numbers of Pacific Gull occur along this stretch of coast (Dodd & Woodrow 2007; G. Maguire pers. comm. 2007; C. Tzaros pers. comm. 2007). One count of 500 Sanderling (Australasian Wader Studies Group database). Surveys suggest that Striated Fieldwrens are abundant in coastal scrub and saltmarsh habitats (Dodd and Woodrow 2007; Atlas of Australian Birds database). Flame Robins are uncommon non-breeding visitors to the IBA (Atlas of Australian Birds database).
BirdLife International (2018) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Port Fairy to Warrnambool. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/06/2018.