Birds breeding on Belowla Island
This island is a nature reserve and requires a permit from NSW NPWS fot access. Sooty Oystercatchers and White-faced storm petrels breed her in autumn and spring. Oystercatchers are surface nesters and are exceptionally vulnerable to predation while breeding. Storm petrels are burrow nesters and as the soil on this island is very shallow, burrows are easily collapsed trapping adults and young or breaking eggs. Sensible is keeping off while these species are breeding. They do not have alternative nesting sites and if breeding is not successful for any reason they will not breed again until next season.