We know many of you have already voiced concerns over some of the "pressures" put on some nesting birds in Kaeng Krachan by large groups and the like.
These concerns have been voiced this week by the Chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park as well who has formally instructed staff to place barriers around some of the well known nests, as well as regularly patrol the areas to ensure that birders are using blinds and not overly disturbing the birds. Anyone found to be overly pressuring these sites by breaking rules and guidance of officials will be asked to leave the park.
Its a great job they are doing - they have roped off the areas to a "safe" distance, installed cameras and patrol every couple of hours. The cameras caught 3 individuals going inside the roped areas between the patrols last week. They are also manning the KM 18 vehicle check point throughout the day to stop errant drivers.
good work.. agreed..Hopefully the offenders will be named and shamed. I have witnessed many acts of "gardening" and nest disturbance over the years. I even caught a guy years back with his hand in a b/n monarchs nest, "checking to see what was in there". When it was reported, nothing was done, probably as the rangers hadn't actually witnessed it.. The rangers I know at KK do a great job, but they are often not aware of what goes on out of sight. For example I am not against playback used in moderation, but am also aware of predator playback being used around nesting sites to distress the birds and bring them closer, which of course is not acceptable. Warning and educating offenders would be the answer in the real world, but i feel this would just not work with most... A clear warning of naming and shaming may work but could also cause a negative response by accused offenders.