Shore Birds

This is where you can come to find the latest information and updates on protected species management on the Town of Nantucket's beaches. Please check back on a regular basis for updates on restrictions and closures. The Town of Nantucket is required to manage protected species habitat in accordance with guidelines published by United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

Protection of Habitat

Symbolic fencing is required to protect nesting habitat for protected species. This fencing is used to mark the start of use restrictions on the beaches and water area around this habitat.

  • Pedestrians are allowed up to the edge of the fencing. Please walk as close to the waterline as possible.
  • All kites including kites for kiteboarding must maintain a 200 yard buffer to the edge of the fencing.
  • Vehicles including beach bikes must stay within marked vehicle corridors or observe any beach closures for vehicles.
  • All pets must be leashed.