Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife

To: "Dave Torr" <>
Subject: Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 18:49:21 +1000
Its unfortunate, but many dogs cant read ; )...and a sign usually doesn't 
stop owners taking their dogs into signposted areas. 

It would be great to have signs that actually inform the public on these 
issues. A sign saying "No dogs allowed", just makes people defiant about 
their rights. But a sign that explains what impacts dogs can have, the 
birdlife in the area, and accompanying photographs of ground-nest birds 
etc will at least inform people to a point where ignorance isn't an 

"Dave Torr" <> 
12/09/2007 06:42 PM

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Re: [Birding-Aus] Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife

Another similar case (in the same area) is the proposal to put in a
new park on the western bank of the Werribee River - opening up what
is now a very isolated area to anyone and again potentially
threatening valuable bird habitat. At a recent meeting in Werribee
Parks Victoria expressed surprise at any opposition - and assured us
that dogs, horses, trail bikes etc would not be allowed!

On 12/09/2007, 
<> wrote:
> 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
> agreements?
> 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 
> 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 
> 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 
> 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 
> Orange-Bellied Parrot).  A walking path will no doubt make people more
> aware of the location and also about its problems that need addressing. 
> 500-lot residential development is also being proposed in Barwon Heads
> adjoining another section of the ramsar listed wetlands.     But will 
> positive impacts of exposing the public to significant wetlands outway 
> negatives???
> Peter
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