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Written by Saskia Konynenburg, The Northern Advocate   
Saturday, 25 August 2007

Endangered! The dotterel. Picture/Bay of Plenty Times

"Save the dotterel!" says Northland greenie Wade Doak, who started an internet campaign after one of the endangered birds was spotted near the controversial Matapouri beach erosion control work.

The bird was wandering through tyre tracks left in the sand by workmen, leading local conservationists to worry that the dotterel's breeding ground was being disturbed.

Conservationist Malcolm Pullman said dotterels made camouflaged nests in the sand which meant they were often trodden on or run over by vehicles.

"I wonder if anybody has asked the bird how it feels about trucks roaring along the beach which is the dotterel's home?

"People on the coast have put so much effort into preserving these birds - but with work being done so close to a known breeding ground, it seems the authorities don't care a great deal," he said.

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