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Please watch out for wildlife 30 May 2006

Oystercatcher's nest with one surviving eggAn egg-stained footprint reveals the fate of this oystercatcher’s nest. The nest had contained three eggs. Unfortunately, the nest was stepped on over the bank holiday weekend, destroying two of the eggs.

Oystercatchers, ringed plovers and terns are nesting on the shingle beaches around the Ayres. Their eggs and chicks are camouflaged and blend in with the pebble beach. As this example shows, they may be walked on by the unwary. Walkers are asked to be aware of the wildlife.

A further problem is that, when the parent birds are disturbed, they leave the nest. If they are off the nest for a long time, their eggs chill and die. Even short disturbances can attract predators, with the loss of the eggs or chicks.

Damage to this nest is not an isolated incident. There have been reports of disturbance to nesting terns at the Point of Ayre, as well as on the Ayres National Nature Reserve, despite signs asking people to take special care.

Please leave the upper shore undisturbed until the end of July when the chicks have fledged. Instead, please walk by the sea, where the hazard of stepping on eggs and chicks will be avoided.

All these species, together with their eggs and nests, are protected under the Wildlife Act. If anyone witnesses birds being disturbed, they should report it to the Police immediately (telephone 631212 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111) or contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (telephone 843109).

The public are also reminded that dogs must be kept on a lead until the end of July in the Ayres National Nature Reserve, to comply with the byelaws.

For further information, please contact Richard Selman, Wildlife and Conservation Officer (telephone 843109).

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