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This dataset describes the results of a comprehensive review of long-term shorebird monitoring at Australian and New Zealand Ramsar sites. The review was conducted using an online literature search (from 2010 onwards) to compile information for individual site-based studies from published and unpublished sources (i.e. “grey literature”). Field researchers known to be working at particular sites were contacted by email to obtain data and information from additional monitoring initiatives. The review also included data and modelling results from the most recent Australia-wide assessment of waterbird populations, the Australian Bird Index 2 (ABI2), which analysed shorebird population trends at individual Ramsar sites (Clemens et al. 2019).
review included all available Ramsar documentation relating to individual
Ramsar sites in Australia and New Zealand. Original Ramsar Information
Statements (RIS) and Ecological Character Descriptions (ECD) were accessed
through the Ramsar Sites Information Service and the Australian Government
Ramsar website, respectively. This information was used to determine which sites
were nominated on the basis of one or more shorebird species (or subspecies)
under Criterion 6. Other included information was the population counts or
values (i.e. total abundance or proportion of flyway population) for individual
listed taxa that supported the nomination (if available), Limits of Acceptable
Change (LAC) (where quantified for individual species), and any documented
changes in LAC from previous assessments. More details on data fields and
references can be found under the “Metadata” tab in the Excel spreadsheet.