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Stakeholder perceptions of threatened species and their management on urban beaches

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by G Maguire, J Rimmer, Mike WestonMike Weston
We surveyed 579 recreationists regarding management of the threatened, beach-dwelling Hooded Plover Thinornis rubricollis. We postulated that: (1) lower awareness of the species and higher ‘inconvenience’ of management would engender less favourable perceptions of conservation and management; and (2) that frequency of beach use and dog ownership may mediate perceptions and levels of awareness and inconvenience. Overall, inconvenience was low while awareness and support for plover conservation were high. Education and awareness strategies were considered less effective than regulations; exclusion and regulations were considered less desirable than on-ground protective measures. Awareness, frequency of beach use and dog walking did not influence the perceived effectiveness of different managements. More frequent beach users had greater awareness of the species and their plight but reported greater inconvenience associated with management. Respondents with high awareness rated the severity of human-related threats higher; low awareness was associated with more inconvenience associated with on-ground protection, and exclusion and regulations. Dog walkers reported more inconvenience associated with exclusions and regulations than non-dog walkers. Dog walkers who used the beach infrequently rated threats significantly higher than frequent beach users. Conservation and education strategies could usefully be tailored to beach users’ level of use and pet ownership.

History

Journal

Animals

Volume

3

Pagination

1002 - 1020

Location

Basel, Switzerland

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2076-2615

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Molecular Diversity Preservation International

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