On Wednesday down at the harbour I saw a group of people erecting what looked like an electric fence to the inside of an existing wooden fence. I asked one of the workers what it as for and he told me it was to protect rare breeding birds.
The following day I was able to take some photos of the completed fence and sure enough the inner fence is electrified and notices placed all around the outer fence warning to keep dogs under close control.
The original fenced area has been extended and it's there that the electric fencing is exposed and this area is cordoned off with just a blue rope. It really concerned me that some dogs may get harmed. Obviously dogs can't read the signs so it's up to their owners to keep them under control.
It's only since looking online that I discovered a number of areas along our coastline have been protected like this for a number of years. Our coast is home to Britain's rarest seabirds and it's only right that they can breed undisturbed. The earliest article I could find is here and the article goes on to say that the fences are electrified at night so I'm hoping that it's the same for this electric fence but I'm certainly not going to test it out! Hopefully dog owners will keep their dogs well away in the daytime too.
The tide has been in each morning for the last few days and I've walked Annie down here now on lead and as you can see, these young fishermen were taking full advantage of the high tide. (The exposed electric fenced area is just to the left in the photo below). I hope the sea birds have a successful breeding season before they return to west Africa in September.