BirdLife Tas balance the scale of community views on the Pied Oystercatchers

La Trobe Council in north of Tasmania have reviewed their dog exercise areas and are proposing altering access to protect an important Australian Pied Oystercatcher roosting and feeding area. BirdLife Tasmania member, Hazel Britton, has contributed to this decision via many surveys of this habitat. 

As many of you know, dog owners can be aggressive lobbyists. For a balanced community view, BirdLife Tasmania are asking you to please send through a short email to La Trobe Council ( in support of their proposal, before Friday 28 September

Here is some example text:

I commend the La Trobe Council on the proposed Dog Exercise Area-Port Sorell amendment. This will protect the largest roosting area for Australian Pied Oystercatchers in the Rubicon estuary. This is a declared Key Biodiversity Area on the basis of the number of protected shorebirds such as the Australian Pied Oystercatcher that it supports.
Congratulations on proactively taking steps to reduce the impact of dogs on these birds

Image by Eric Woehler