Signs at L’Eree and Lihou warn over bird nesting
Friday 14th June 2013, 4:00PM BST.
DOG owners and walkers are being warned against disturbing nesting birds along the coast.
Temporary signs and ropes have been installed along L’Eree shingle bank and on Lihou Island until the end of July to remind people to take extra care.
Dogs are prohibited from Lihou all year, but visitors are being asked to respect the signs and avoid crossing roped-off areas during the peak breeding season.
The temporary warning is a joint initiative between Environment, Guernsey’s RSPB group and La Societe Guernesiaise.
Jamie Hooper, of La Societe’s ornithology section, said the island’s ground nesting seabirds were some of the most vulnerable at this time of year. ‘This will make clear the most important areas particularly for people exercising dogs and it’s hoped that the request for dogs to remain on a lead near the shingle bank is respected to help protect both parent birds and chicks, which are particularly vulnerable,’ he said.