As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Dogs 'running wild' on nature reserve spark Twitter complaints

Posted on: 02 Apr 2014

The problem of dogs off the leash on some RSPB reserves has been highlighted after numerous local Surrey birders began complaining on Twitter.

A dogs-on-leads policy, or even a seasonal ban from some areas to protect wildlife, could be the way forwards at the RSPB’s Farnham Heath nature reserve after yet more complaints from visitors about dogs 'running wild'. A number of people complained on Twitter about out-of-control dogs, flushing a rare bird from a drinking pond and leaving dog mess behind, after visiting reserve in Surrey last weekend.

“I am not anti-dog, I just think there should be places for wildlife and places for dogs,” tweeted one visitor, while another added: “Maybe dogs should have to be on a lead, as they are disturbing the birds.”

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