Prevent heavy usage or exclude wildfowl from aquatic habitat
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
High densities of wildfowl can strip aquatic vegetation from ponds and their banks, reducing shelter habitat and egg-laying sites for amphibians. Water quality may also be reduced through defecation and continual stirring up of sediments. Wildfowl can also prey on adult amphibians and their eggs. They are also potential environmental reservoirs for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis the cause of chytridiomycosis. A study in Belgium found that 15% of wild geese tested in were positive for the fungus (Garmyn et al. 2012).
Garmyn A., Van Rooij P., Pasmans F., Hellebuyck T., Van Den Broeck W., Haesebrouck F. & Martel A. (2012) Waterfowl: potential environmental reservoirs of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. PLoS ONE, 7, e35038.