Estuary Open Day

The issue of badly behaved dogs is on the agenda in Hayle this weekend (Saturday 12 April) at an open day held by the RSPB and others involved with the Estuary.

Attacks by dogs on swans in the area appear to be on the increase, with at least six incidents during the last eight months and local RSPB staff are eager to find a way of putting a stop to the problem.

The conservation charity has been working closely with Natural England, Hayle Harbour Management Ltd (HHML) and the police on the issue and they are holding an open day at Copperhouse Creek, to give people the chance to find out about how important the Estuary is for wildlife and how it is managed to protect the birds that use the area.

RSPB warden, Jenny Parker, said: “There are too many people allowing their dogs to run amok on the Estuary, chasing wild birds and even killing them in some cases. It has to be stopped.”

The open day is the first in a series of awareness raising measures aimed at tackling the problem on a site that is legally protected because of its importance for birds and wildlife.

People attending will have the chance to find out about the RSPB nature reserve, the wider Estuary and neighbouring Carrack Gladden.

Previous problems of disturbance to wildlife by water sports enthusiasts using the Estuary were successfully resolved through the introduction of ‘zoning’ after local water sports clubs, Natural England, HHML, the British Water Ski Federation and the RSPB worked together on the issue.

The Hayle Estuary Open Day at Copperhouse Creek is on Saturday 12 April from 10 am – 3 pm and features guided walks, bird viewings and information stands about the area.

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