Wildlife & Wading Bird Disturbance Studies
The disturbance of birds by people is an issue that is being recognised nationally. Due to the pioneering work carried out by the Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group in 2008 the AONB took on the role of developing a methodology for assessing this risk funded by Natural England.
Assessing this disturbance, and trying to understand its impact, is a priority in the management of many protected areas as recreational activities and housing and other developments increase.
Consultation for the Defra 2010 draft report on activities that could have an impact on features within European Marine Sites (EMS) identified the need for work to enable better monitoring of disturbance and potential mechanisms for addressing this where it occurs, following Natural England advice and as part of the UK’s wider obligations to Europe under the Habitats Directive. Key regional stakeholders perceive recreational disturbance as a risk to EMS on the Suffolk coast.