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Dorset Bird Call Campaign Goes Global

Bird Hides

8:30am 18th June 2013

An online campaign started in Dorset to stop people using mobile phone Apps to attract birds has now gone global.

Dorset Wildlife Trust launched it last week after the growing popularity of Apps which imitate bird calls so the user can get a better photograph.

Wardens on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour say they've seen a lot of visitors using them.

And Tony Whitehead from the RSPB says it's just selfish behaviour.

He told Wessex FM: "Repeatedly playing a recording of birdsong or calls to encourage a bird to respond in order to see it or photograph it can divert a territorial bird from other important duties, such as feeding its young.

"It is selfish and shows no respect to the bird. People should never use playback to attract a species during its breeding season."

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