In an effort to get rid of the gulls without harming them, a variety of strategies were implemented. The one that interested me was the decision to allow dogs to visit the wetlands off-lead.
The article says: The species of birds and frogs that frequent the site have doubled to more than 51. Of the 48 bird species that visit, 42 are native. Six of those, including the dusky moorhen, Pacific black duck and Australian grebe, have started breeding at the site. So far, three species of frog have been recorded at the wetland: the common froglet, spotted marsh frog and striped marsh frog. Melbourne Water senior biodiversity scientist Will Steele said he wouldn't be surprised if turtles started arriving too... Dr Steele said the native birds...seemed willing to put up with dogs if they kept a safe distance.
I hope the dog owners who visit the wetlands will realise they have a responsibility to make sure their pets do keep a safe distance. I guess there would be signs telling them the dogs can't swim there. That's how it often is in wetlands.
Penny rarely takes notice of birds. I'm not sure whether it's because she frequently swims in creeks and rivers amongst water birds and walks past land birds...
or whether it's due to all the training in her early years, being rewarded for ignoring birds.
However, we would never assume that she's not going to attack a bird. There's a first time for everything, so we remain vigilant.
If you click the the link in the first line, above, I think you'll enjoy the whole article, and especially the video clip of the wetlands, where you can see an off-lead dog walking past.