Tuesday, March 20, 2007

BIRDS & RECREATIONAL DISTURBANCE

The BOU have now published BIRDS & RECREATIONAL DISTURBANCE as a free-to-view, online supplement of the BOU's journal, Ibis. To view go to http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/ibi.

Allan Drewitt (Natural England) said -

“The implications of disturbance to breeding birds have been the focus of
much research and review in recent years and the potential effects of recreational disturbance on birds in the countryside have attracted particular attention. The introduction of the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act in England and Wales in 2000 provided added incentive and resources for nature conservationists to develop further an understanding of how recreational access might affect bird populations. The CRoW Act grants a right of access on foot for the purpose of open air recreation to specified categories of land, with the majority of the new access land focused on the uplands in the north and west and the downlands and heathlands in the south.
The potential for interaction between people enjoying these new access rights and birds is highlighted by the extent of the overlap between access land and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), with 55% of all access land covering little more than a million hectares of land designated as SSSIs. With SSSIs receiving some 370 million visits even before the introduction of a statutory right of access, further research into the potential effect of recreational access on wildlife was considered
a high priority among nature conservation organizations”.

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