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Disturbance of rare birds

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Disturbance of rare birds

Post by BrianR » 22 May 2012, 20:50

A seemingly increasing problem is the number of people turning up to see unusual birds and disturbing them in order to get a better photo. In particular the North Uist Snowy Owl is getting a lot of attention. Some residents of Mishisgarry have been monitoring the situation and report many getting too close and even one lady making the bird fly twice. Also visitors have been arriving later in the evening and very early in the morning. Apparently Snowy Owls will hunt during the day but mostly in twilight of morning and evening.

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Re: Disturbance of rare birds

Post by Ashley_Jackson » 24 May 2012, 14:01

I can't say as Brian's posting surprises me. I think it is a fine-line between people getting the opportunity to see unusual wildlife and pointless / wreckless disturbance. I was reading the BBC Wildlife magazine at the weekend where it published several sites in England where readers can go and view Nightjar - that's all well and good as Nightjar are a sight well worth seeing, but how can it be anticipated how many people will turn up at these places and what lengths they are going to go to in order to get a photo of their "twitch" (bearing in mind that the birds are here to breed) ?

I suppose the Snowy Owl scenario is no different. I think information is sometimes too freely available to people that knowingly or unknowingly take a step too far. I don't know the answer but I think it is a problem that is going to be on the increase.

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Re: Disturbance of rare birds

Post by Curracag Admin » 02 Jun 2012, 22:27

Thank you for your input Ashley and welcome to the forum!
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also of interest: Outer Hebrides Biological Recording Project

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