Study

Restoration of breeding by snowy plovers following protection from disturbance

  • Published source details Lafferty K., Goodman D. & Sandoval C. (2006) Restoration of breeding by snowy plovers following protection from disturbance. Biodiversity and Conservation, 15, 2217-2230.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Use signs and access restrictions to reduce disturbance at nest sites

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Use signs and access restrictions to reduce disturbance at nest sites

    A small before-and-after study on a beach in California, USA (Lafferty et al. 2006), found that the number of breeding snowy plovers Charadrius alexandrinus increased from one pair in 2001 to 26 pairs (fledging 74 young) in 2004, following the installation of a simple rope fence in June 2001. The probability of eggs being trampled in 2002 was 8% outside the roped area, compared with 0% inside. The fence consisted of metal posts every 5 m and a single rope strung across the top. In 2001, 265 m of beach was roped off; this increased to 400 m in 2002 and further increased in 2003-4.

     

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