Dogs will harm wildlife on Station Beach

The Station Beach area is a habitat for resident and migratory birds. Waders and sea birds have been observed on Station Beach, which feel happy to rest and feed there because of the lack of noisy activity. Dogs can disturb wildlife, such as migratory birds. It is well understood that off-leash dogs can impact on bird nesting and feeding on beaches. Seagrass and seaweed, which are regularly washed up on Station Beach, provide food and nesting material to birdlife. Dogs are natural predators of birds, and will chase and otherwise disrupt bird behaviour on Station Beach. The presence of dogs and the scent they leave scares off many native fauna species, including penguins and birds.

Dogs also swimming near the seagrass beds at Station Beach will affect the feeding habits of fairy penguins, which have a colony on nearby Lion Island. Dogs are predators, which wander into natural areas and threaten and kill native species, contributing to reducing numbers of protected native animals. Dogs will hinder the ability of most native fauna to move freely about. They will also prevent any attempts by native fauna to utilise this area. Allowing dogs to freely roam in this area increases the risk of dog attacks on native and non-native wildlife, such as birds, reptiles and small mammals.