The number of piping plover nests has increased to 20, according to a recent press release from the Duxbury Harbormaster.
As of press time there are 20 piping plover nests and 22 established pairs of birds.
The eggs have also begun hatching, causing restrictions and limitations to beach access.
Approximately 2,500 linear feet of Off Road Vehicle (ORV) corridor and approximately 1,000 feet of beach have been restricted. Beach goers are reminded that the number of nests, pairs and access limitations and restrictions can change at any time. Areas that are restricted to motor vehicles and pedestrians have been fences off with orange string and posts and “Area Closed” signs. Adjacent bayside and back road area may also be posted with speed limits not to exceed five miles per hour.As has been done in the past, if any nests hatch within the ORV corridor, Duxbury Beach Park or any other areas of Duxbury Beach, access will be restricted as well.