Walking the dog is bad for birdlife

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Subject: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 17:47:03 +1000
The following item illustrates why dogs shouldn't be taken into
sensitive environments, even on a lead.

Regards, Laurie.

How man’s best friend becomes birds’ worst enemy on that walk
Lewis Smith, Environment Reporter
September 5, 2007

Walkies, the seemingly innocuous duty of exercising the dog, has been
identified as a huge threat to wildlife.
While it is held to be good for the health of owners by ensuring a
daily dose of exercise, dog-walking can spell disaster for birds.
Numbers of birds in areas where people took their dogs for a walk were found to plummet by more than 40 per cent, according to a scientific
study. Researchers also found that the range of bird species in
dog-walking areas slumped by 35 per cent, especially among the
easy-to-disturb ground-nesting varieties.


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