Disturbance to birds from land-based recreation
Many land-based activities have the potential to disturb birds
including walking - particularly with dogs - wildfowling and
bait collecting. The potential impacts of bait collecting are
considered in more detail through the UK Marine SACs Project
in a related report by Fowler (1999).
There has been a great deal of research undertaken on the impacts
which wildfowling has on wildlife. However, there is limited
research available on the impact which the activity may have
on marine features.
Many studies have been conducted which examine the correlation
between wildfowling and significant population impacts. There
is some evidence to suggest that wildfowling may cause disturbance
to the feeding and roosting grounds of non-quarry species. This
will depend upon the intensity of the activity on the site and
the feeding and roosting requirements of quarry and on-quarry
species. However, the evidence linking episodes of disturbance
to longer term population changes is much less clear and there
are many other significant factors also having an effect.