Byron rangers warn dog owners of increased beach patrols

BYRON Shire Rangers will increase their beach patrols over coming weeks to remind owners to keep their pets within the correct areas.

The council particularly asks owners to not let their dogs chase birds or disturb nests in off-leash areas.

Governance manager Ralph James urged pet owners to check the signs before going onto the beach.

"Even when in the off-leash areas, it's good training to not let or encourage your dogs to chase birds," Mr James said.

The council's team leader of natural environment, Angus Underwood said disturbing feeding and nesting shorebirds could lead to eggs failing to hatch, chicks starving or becoming prey when their parents were absent.

"Small changes in dog owner's behaviour can have a big impact on shorebird conservation," he said.

Areas of particular importance are the beaches at Belongil, Brunswick Heads and Tallows, Mr Underwood said.

Topics:  byron shire council off-leash areas

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