View Full Version : Are Dog Walkers reducing bird numbers?

5th September 2007, 09:35 AM
I heard this item on BBC Radio this morning, and then looked it up on their website:


I had to check whether it was 1 April, but then remembered that Mungo cleared the garden of birds first thing this morning. :dogwlk: Mind you, they came back after 30 seconds!


Bruce H
5th September 2007, 12:20 PM
Maybe I'm dense, but so what if the birds fly away for a while? I'm not familiar with the area, but do they fly 50' away? 100' away? It sounds like they come back (how long before they come back?) and it isn't like they're being killed. They mentioned nesting might be affected. If the birds are being constantly scared off by dogs being walked, do you suppose they might find somewhere away from the dog walking area to nest? Is that somehow a problem? BTW, we have bird feeders and bird houses in our back yard and we always have birds in both; they fly away when the dogs go out and are right back when the dogs come back in the house.

Yes, I am very much prejudiced in favor of the dogs, but I am trying to look at this objectively and understand what the harm may be.

5th September 2007, 04:12 PM
She's not really interested in birds, but Annie seems to treat every walk as a mission to rid the neighborhood of squirrels and bunnies -- or at least scare the bejeezus out of them. We call her the Little Red Hunter.