Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife

To: "Baus" <>
Subject: Re: Walking the dog is bad for birdlife
From: "Graham Turner" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 16:21:19 +1000
The fact that the birds return does not mean that they are not affected by the interaction.

The best example is waders. Every time they are disturbed they are not feeding and are using up energy. Once or twice may not be an issue but regular disturbance may mean that the birds do not put on as much weight as they can, may have trouble returning to their breeding grounds and may have reduced breeding success.

I'm sure similar things happen with sedentary birds but as to what impact this has is worth further investigation.

Graham Turner

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