Conservationists and fauna call for consideration of the pebble-side bird breeding season in Bad Tölz

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Hidden picture by a small annular plover: This bird, which has become rare, usually breeds on a gravel bank in Tulls. Entry Restrictions parameter. © F: Martin Fishber/A

In order to facilitate the breeding of rare birds such as the little ringed plover on the gravel banks, consideration must now be given to the Isar.

Bad Tools – Spring has arrived, and with it the gravel farmers return from their winter quarters. But not only them, but those looking for relaxation are drawn to Izar with the warmer days. So that already threatened birds — such as the tiny ringed plover — that breed on gravel banks and islands aren’t disturbed, the State Bird Conservation Society (LBV) and the Lower Nature Conservancy explain correct behavior around area breeding sites.

“It may be that the first breeding pairs are sitting on their eggs,” explains Sabine Tappertzhofen, branch manager of LBV Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen. However, there is no evidence for this yet. The Lower Nature Conservation Authority of the district office reports: “Some of our Isar sections are among the best-preserved and therefore most important landscapes of wild rivers in Germany. Here the little ringed plovers still find suitable habitats and breeding opportunities.”

Isar area in the region as an important landscape of the wild river – well preserved

In a statement, the LBV asks that special attention be paid to bird species such as the small-ringed plover and sandpiper. “Too many boatmen, bathers and walkers with dogs represent ongoing disturbances for endangered gravel breeders, putting their breeding success at significant risk,” says LBV Alpine consultant Michael Schudel. You don’t usually see bird nests in gravel, says Tabertzofen. “You only notice it when the brood is released, when the bird has left the nest and the partner has taken over the brood.” So there is a risk that people or dogs will accidentally crush the eggs. In addition, deformities, lack of food or eating other animals can be reasons why not all young birds remain in the clutch.

According to Tappertzhofen, it is also normal for all creatures that live along rivers for eggs and chicks to regularly fall victim to flooding. “However, gravel breeders are so adaptable to this ‘natural problem’ that they can lay eggs a second time if the clutch is lost,” the Lower Nature Conservation Authority explains.

Troubles frighten animals

However, walkers and those looking to relax on the water should pay attention to the animals. Permanent disturbances ensure that the few breeding sites that still exist are lost to Bavaria’s small ring plover. “Many birds do not settle in an area if there is a lot of disturbance,” Tabertzofen explains. “It has been demonstrated for common sandfowl that also occur here.” According to the LBV expert, the assumption that breeding birds tolerate calm swimmers in their vicinity is wrong. “At this point, they are pretty much chained to the nest.” If there are no eggs in the nest, the bird may leave the area. “At worst, it doesn’t reproduce at all that year. These are losses that no one has noticed.”

Rooms released again after the breeding season

For this reason, breeding sites are marked as sensitive areas. However, undeveloped sections of rivers where birds can raise their young undisturbed are becoming increasingly rare. According to the LBV, the following must be observed in order not to disturb the animals during the breeding season: Basically, during the breeding season, that is, from the beginning of April to the end of July, but especially in May and June, you should not step on the gravel banks, if possible, On those that are marked, stay away from restricted areas and do not enter them. “Unfortunately, despite the numerous indications that the entry of pebbly islands was banned between March 15 and August 10 to protect pebbly keepers, people are regularly found on the pebble islands.” These signs can be seen from land and water. If the sign is determined to be noticed but ignored, a fine can be imposed,” says the district office. When the birds perch on eggs, the rooms are again freed for those looking to relax. “The more human-nature coexistence,” says LB Consultant at Alpine. The better it works, the less shutdown is needed.” (Elena Royer and Francesca Selter)

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