Swooping Plover Management

Masked-LapwingPlovers are a familiar cause of distress and panic in open places such as school premises, parks and gardens, acreage properties or any open space. This inconspicuous bird species is prevalent in areas of human disturbance and unlike many other bird species is capable of an extended breeding season which may include multiple clutches of eggs. Plovers are highly defensive and although contact is rare indirect injuries caused by panicked people is a real problem in some circumstances.

Licensed plover catchers with long term experience in bird removal activities within Queensland are referred to by this site. These specialists can provide assessment of the problem plover and where deemed necessary, implement a methodology specific to the needs of people and the birds affected. All plover mitigation is conducted in such a manner as to facilitate the welfare of the birds in question and provide a safety minded response to existing and potential threats to human safety.

Only licensed and insured plover removal specialists can legally conduct any activity which results in disturbance to nests or the birds themselves including anyattempt to capture or directly interfere with birds or the removal andtranslocation of eggs or chicks. Plovers are a protected species under the provisions of the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.

 Plover assessment and removal by licensed and insured permit holders is available for the following areas:

Brisbane West and Ipswich 0413 028 081
Brisbane North 0409 675 522
Brisbane South, Bayside and Logan 0421 455 077
Gold Coast 0413 028 081
Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley and Brisbane Valley 0421 455 077
Scenic Rim including Warwick 0421 455 077
Sunshine Coast 0413 028 081


We are often asked whether plover catcher services are offered by Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Pine Rivers, Moreton, Redlands, Logan and Gold Coast city Council. Along with other entities such as the RSPCA, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Queensland Police these all have differing perspectives in regards to jurisdiction but generally do not offer plover removal services to the general public as it is viewed as a user pays system when on private land. Instead they are likely to direct you to a search option which will find you back with us anyway!!

Do you want to know more about the Plovers. Go to www.wildlifeqld.com.au