Birds, buffers and bicycles : a review and case study of wetland buffers

Weston, Michael, Antos, Mark J. and Glover, Hayley K 2009, Birds, buffers and bicycles : a review and case study of wetland buffers, Victorian naturalist, vol. 126, no. 3, pp. 79-86.

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Title Birds, buffers and bicycles : a review and case study of wetland buffers
Author(s) Weston, MichaelORCID iD for Weston, Michael
Antos, Mark J.
Glover, Hayley K
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 126
Issue number 3
Start page 79
End page 86
Total pages 8
Publisher Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria
Place of publication [Melbourne, Vic.]
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0042-5184
Keyword(s) buffers
Summary Wetland buffers separate wetlands from surrounding land uses that are incompatible with wetland values. Buffers are established to fulfil a variety of needs. However, not all functions which are attributed to buffers are mutually compatible. In particular, their use as major recreational zones is not necessarily compatible with reducing disturbance to wetland wildlife, such as birds. This paper examines the buffer around an urban wetland at Altona, Victoria, which is extensively used by recreationists. The presence of a bicycle trail within the buffer might effectively reduce its size and effectiveness, and cause ‘buffer creep’ whereby the effective separation distance between people and birds is reduced. It might also unintentionally facilitate unauthorised access into an otherwise ‘off-limits’ wetland. While social support is critical for wetland conservation, the existence of recreation in buffers does not automatically confer high awareness of local wetlands. The success of buffers as a conservation tool will depend upon setting a clear objective for buffers, careful design and management, and evaluation of effectiveness to optimise the potential benefits for wetlands and their fauna.
Language eng
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
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