Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife

To: "birdingaus" <>
Subject: Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 18:31:36 +1000
The recent posting about the affects of dog walking on bird populations 
got me thinking about the affect on RAMSAR listed wetlands. 

Does anyone know if there is anything regarding dogs in the RAMSAR 

Its concerning that many new residential developments are being built 
adjoining RAMSAR-listed wetlands, and although the developments are 
percieved not to impact the wetlands, they are magnets for dog walkers and 
other recreational activities by the residence that live in close 
proximity to them.

There seems to be pressure to put walking tracks past any bodies of water 
these days. 

A local example from Southern Victoria is a proposed walking track along 
the Barwon River all the way to Barwon Heads, which includes through the 
Lake Connewarre system.  Lake Connewarre has always been a fairly isolated 
and inaccessible lake, despite being a huge wetland close to a fairly 
major city (Geelong).  Even though its degraded due to silting problems, 
its isolation still makes it  a 'wild' refuge for birdlife. (including the 
Orange-Bellied Parrot).  A walking path will no doubt make people more 
aware of the location and also about its problems that need addressing. A 
500-lot residential development is also being proposed in Barwon Heads 
adjoining another section of the ramsar listed wetlands.     But will the 
positive impacts of exposing the public to significant wetlands outway the 




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