NatureScot Research Report 1096: Seaweed hand-harvesting - literature review of disturbance distances and vulnerabilities of marine and coastal birds
This comprehensive literature review provides quantitative disturbance distances (Alert Distances, Flight Initiation Distances, Minimum Approach Distances) and non-quantitative responses to a range of human disturbance activities at the coast which are analogous to seaweed hand-harvesting activities for 50 protected UK bird species which use the shoreline, intertidal area or nearshore waters.
This report provides an account for each species summarising: the reliance on seaweed for foraging/habitat requirements, the quality of the studies providing quantitative information, and the likely sensitivity of each species to seaweed hand-harvesting activities.
This literature review and the associated recommendations for further analysis will contribute to guidance and best practice for seaweed hand-harvesters which will ensure any potential impacts resulting from harvesting are considered and minimised as part of a sustainable harvesting approach.
This study has relevance not just for seaweed hand-harvesting assessments but could also be used for other assessments and consultations on developments within the intertidal zone.
Publication 2019 - NatureScot Research Report 1096 - Seaweed hand-harvesting - literature review of disturbance distances and vulnerabilities of marine and coastal birds
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