The effect of recreational disturbance on an upland breeding bird, the golden plover Pluvialis apricaria

  • Published source details Finney S.K., Pearce-Higgins J.W. & Yalden D.W. (2005) The effect of recreational disturbance on an upland breeding bird, the golden plover Pluvialis apricaria. Biological Conservation, 121, 53-63.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Provide paths to limit the extent of disturbance

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Bird Conservation
  1. Provide paths to limit the extent of disturbance

    A before-and-after study from March-July in 1986-1988 and 1996-1998 at a moor and bog site within the Peak District, England (Finney et al. 2005), found that Eurasian golden plovers Pluvialis apricaria avoided a significantly smaller area surrounding a path after it was re-surfaced, compared with before (birds avoided areas up to 200 m from the path before re-surfacing vs. areas 50 m from the path afterwards; birds showed no avoidance on weekdays after re-surfacing). Before resurfacing, up to 30% of walkers left the path, afterwards only 4% left it. The study found no evidence that plover reproduction was adversely affected by disturbance around footpaths.


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