How are the birds dealing with lockdown

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Subject: How are the birds dealing with lockdown
From: Rodney & Deborah Ralph <>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 04:29:11 +0000

On another related note to birding in our local area.


We have noticed with the increased number of people walking around their local nature parks and ponds that this is having a negative effect on the bird life. At times there are quite a few people walking, cycling, running etc. and in some places the paths are not made with social distancing in mind.


Quite a few dog owners have been seen with one or more dogs off leash and allowed to go into ponds, waterways and the lakes and basically allowed to run free and chase the wildlife, some dog owners are responsible but not all.


We know of a Swan family that has chosen to move from one location, checked out another two locations and was helped across busy roads at least twice to hopefully now find a location where they can get a bit of privacy and peace.


Also, quite a few locals are feeding their new found “friends” mainly bread, although luckily there are others who have been trying to advise them against this, unfortunately sometimes met with abuse. 


These are trying times for not only all of us people but also for the wildlife around us.



Deb and Rod


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