Nova Scotia group acquires conservation land

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust has acquired 61 hectares of property along the South Shore coastline as conservation land.

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says it has acquired 61 hectares of property along the South Shore coastline as conservation land.

The group announced Saturday that it obtained a section of Crow Neck Beach through a combined donation and purchase.

The beach is an essential migratory stopover site for thousands of migrating birds and year-round home to many others.

"People are starting to become aware of what happens when, without thinking and planning ahead and deciding if some areas need protecting, what happens when we allow our natural areas to just be destroyed," said Bonnie Sutherland for the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

It's good news for the piping plover, a small shorebird that has been on the decline in the area for the last two decades.

"More people are getting concerned and also excited about things like plovers because there is something people can do," Sutherland said. "There's lots of things people can do and that groups are doing across Nova Scotia to help protect that habitat."

Sutherland said more people recognize that there is a need for species diversity to have healthy ecosystems.

The Nature Trust hopes to work with the provincial government and more private landowners to protect the remaining land on Crow Neck Beach.