During the 2011 – 2012 Hooded Plover breeding season in the Mornington Peninsula National Park 98% of breeding attempts failed. One of the reasons for this poor result was disturbance to chicks caused by dogs allowed onto beaches where Hooded Plovers nest.
To help rectify this anomaly of allowing domestic animals in a National Park, Parks Victoria are seeking submissions from the public on a new Hooded Plover strategy for the Mornington Peninsula National Park. One aspect of this strategy is banning dogs from beaches in the National Park.
Below is the link that will take you to the Parks Victoria web site where there is more information on the strategy and instructions to provide a submission.
Attached is a sample letter stating some of the most obvious reasons to support a total ban.
Please carefully consider the options and lodge a submission to help Hooded Plover chicks survive.