I'm doing a research paper for my college habitat conservation course and one of the topics I'm looking into is how climbers, habitat conservationists and land owners work together to minimise negative impacts on habitats and the environment at, and around, crags.
I've had a look at the crag and habitat management document provided by the BMC which mentions the laws in place and I plan to touch up on crag etiquette such as not littering, sticking to paths, etc.
Does anyone have any points or information they think i should include?
My two penneth (and I think they will all have proper published material associated)
ilegal disturbance (very rare, but not unheard of) - destruction of nests, deliberate (rather than inadvertent) gardening of protected species
Seasonal disturbance - bird bans, flowering plants, also stuff like differening erosion rates in different weather, traffic pollutants behaving differently etc
physical erosion/ damage - boots on the ground, polish, crampon scratches etc
proximity (want of a better word) damage/ disturbance - disturbance of birds like ring ouzel/ golden plover/ some raptors which are sensitive to people in their territory, damage/ compaction to drainage uphill effecting erosion downhill, etc
physical pollution from people and their stuff - I give you the wasdale portaloos! but also vehicles, camping etc
As to postive practice - there's loads of stuff from the NT, RSPB, wildlife Trusts in the UK context and also some useable European examples. I remember from looking at this a few years ago, there isn't that much research actually quantifying damage/disturbance specifically from climbers - that might have changed though.
Also a lot of examples of climbers helping with roped access stuff for ringing/ nest counts/ habitat improvement
Sure there's loads I've missed. There's potential for a really good piece of work if you do the research!