Unauthorised human use of an urban coastal wetland sanctuary: current and future patterns

Antos,MJ, Ehmke,GC, Tzaros,CL and Weston,MA 2007, Unauthorised human use of an urban coastal wetland sanctuary: current and future patterns, Landscape and urban planning, vol. 80, no. 1-2, pp. 173-183, doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2006.07.005.

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Title Unauthorised human use of an urban coastal wetland sanctuary: current and future patterns
Author(s) Antos,MJ
Weston,MAORCID iD for Weston,MA orcid.org/0000-0002-8717-0410
Journal name Landscape and urban planning
Volume number 80
Issue number 1-2
Start page 173
End page 183
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2007-03-28
ISSN 0169-2046
Keyword(s) Human disturbance
Predictive modelling
Scenario modelling
Spatial analysis
Summary Urban expansion brings profound impacts and challenges to many ecosystems, including wetlands. Unauthorised public access to wetland sanctuaries can lead to a number of management problems, such as increasing disturbance to migratory shorebirds. We investigate unauthorised human use of a coastal urban wetland located in Melbourne, Australia, and use current results to predict future patterns of visitation under different management and urban development scenarios. Despite being officially closed to the public, 20.8% of the 574 ha wetland experienced human intrusions during the sampling period. These were most frequent in the section which directly abuts residential development where over 50% of the wetland experienced intrusions. The most frequently observed activities were walking (4.8 ± 4.9 intrusions per observation day), dog walking (8.5 ± 4.5), cycling (3.0 ± 1.8) and motorised trail bike riding (2.5 ± 1.0). There were significant negative relationships between the occurrence of intrusions and distance from the wetland boundary and access points. Walkers and dog walkers were likely to intrude more deeply into the wetlands than other users. We predict that once residential development is completed around the entire perimeter of the wetland that 48% of the total area will be subject to intrusions. This will increase to 58.8% if internal management tracks are opened for public use. We recommend that the current access policy is maintained, and compliance is enhanced through education and additional physical barriers. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2006.07.005
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, Elsevier
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