Dotterel Season 2019 -2020
The season began on 4 September when the first nest was found and closed in 26 February 2020 when the last abandoned eggs were checked for fertility and were found to be infertile. During the season we found 21 nests and 50 eggs. Of these eggs there were 15 chicks hatched but only four survived to fledge(fly). What happened to the remaining 11 is uncertain but we believe at least four were lost to predation. The other seven ? Our two Variable Oystercatcher chicks were also lost to predation. The team spoke to lots people on the beach advising of the need to be careful etc but also to show the chicks to many interested adults and children and explain the need to protect this iconic endemic species.
A big thank you to dog owners who like to walk their dog over the whole beach but accept this restriction for a short while. It is less than half a year.
The ‘No Dogs’ beach will resort back to ‘Dogs on lead’ from 2 March. Please remember that these birds to not migrate and can form large wintering flocks on this beach as well as other beaches to the area. PLEASE keep your dog on a lead on this south part of the beach.
The enforcement Officer will still be visiting this beach on a regular basis during the winter to ensure compliance of the bye-law.
The team will still be patrolling the beach over the winter checking on the wintering birds and will advise of the bye-law if needed.
Have a pleasant winter and keep warm.
The Dotterel Team:
Ken and Anne, Dean and Christine, Les and Patsy