Mornington Peninsula National Park dog walking review

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Subject: Mornington Peninsula National Park dog walking review
From: "Sandra & Neil Shelley" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 11:27:14 +1100
I sincerely hope that everyone who has contributed to this conversation,
and everyone on Birding Aus for that matter, has taken the time to make a

As a volunteer on the Mornington Peninsula, it is very frustrating to see
what happens every season.  Please don't sit back and let this opportunity
to do something about it slip by.

*Neil Shelley*

On 27 November 2012 11:12, Dave Torr <> wrote:

> There seems to be a strange reluctance in local councils to enforce local
> by-laws - and not just in this area. I am sure for example that if our
> local council sent someone round to fine all the people parking on nature
> strips they would more than cover their costs. Dog off-lead areas are
> another area where I assume councils have the responsibility but seem to do
> nothing. I have lived in Werribee for around 10 years, walk my dogs (on
> lead!) every day in an "on-lead" area and I would see dogs off-lead every
> day - but not once in that time have I seen a council by-laws officer.
> On 27 November 2012 11:00, Michael Tarburton <
> >wrote:
> > G'day bird observers
> >
> > Not only are these plovers in trouble, so are many ducks.  Yesterday in
> > Gardiners Creek Walk, a woman with three large dogs and a young couple
> with
> > her was throwing a ball out onto the pond near the reeds for the dogs to
> > retrieve.  When one of the dogs gave up chasing the ball and took off
> after
> > a pair of Pacific Black Duck and their 3 very small ducklings, she
> started
> > yelling at the dog which took no notice.  I could not help bellow out to
> > her "Irresponsible dog owner - how many ducklings has it in its mouth"
>  she
> > replied "none" I responded "the dog should be on a leash", She replied
> "It
> > is now" .  "Thanks " - was my reply.
> >
> > In the last four years, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, and
> > Chestnut Teal have all hatched eggs in Wurundjeri Walk (Blackburn South,
> > Melbourne), but none have raised any.  Dogs, foxes and cats are all still
> > to be seen in the walk, which has the requirement that dogs be on
> leashes.
> >  At least half of the dogs are off their leashes.
> >
> > So what do ducks do?  In NZ and West Aust, they used to find safety in
> the
> > suburban lakes and creeks (I hope they still do) but in Victoria, they
> get
> > shot if they leave the suburbs and their offspring get eaten if they
> stay.
> >  What a dilemma.
> >
> > Actually There are 8 more-than-half-grown Wood Ducklings wandering along
> > the creek and feeding on the lawns of the Advent Care - Whitehorse (Old
> > Folks Home) in Nunawading.  So maybe we should invest in more aged-care
> > facilities.
> >
> > I hope somebody has a better story.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Mike
> >
> > ===================
> > Michael Tarburton
> > 
> > ===================
> >
> >
> >
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