Dogs on Leash Education Campaign
We’re partnering with the City of South Perth and their Rangers team to educate foreshore goers and dog walkers about the importance of keeping their pooches on leash near the wetlands and foreshore areas.
In the first of a series of stall set-ups along the South Perth Foreshore, we were joined by the South Perth Rangers, as well as volunteers from Western Australian Seabird Rescue, BirdLife Western Australia and Wildlife Advocacy South Perth, who joined us to chat with passers-by about the diversity of wildlife in the area, and the impact off-leash dogs can have on our precious wildlife.
This area in particular is home to a huge diversity of waterbirds who nest, rear young, shelter, roost and find food in the surrounding wetlands and river. If dogs roam off leash or rush into the wetlands, they can scare or stress parent birds, sometimes causing them to abandon their young. Dogs may also trample nests or baby birds sheltering in the fringing vegetation.
While most people do the right thing and keep their dogs on leash around wildlife, we know that as the weather warms up, it’s tempting to let your dogs go for a swim in the wetlands, but spare a thought for the baby waterbirds hiding in the surrounding plants, and keep in mind snakes live there too! Keep everyone safe (including your pup) by popping the leash on around these areas!
We look forward to continuing this education campaign over the Summer and meeting more lovely pooches on-leash! stay tuned for more updates and locations!
Photo 1: Ranger Matt from South Perth; Photo 2: wood ducks on foreshore reserve by Veronica McPhail; Photo 3: Eurasian coot young, swans and off leash dog by Georgina Wilson; Photo 4: Our display at the South Perth Foreshore; Photo 5-7: handing out dog treats to all the good doggies walking by!