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Winter use of AES options by birds - LM0488

The project will investigate the bird-use of AES options deployed in arable/mixed farming landscapes during winter. At the same time, it will also investigate the use of relevant AES options by brown hare.
It involves a field survey of Breeding Bird Survey 1km-squares by BTO volunteer surveyors to show the extent to which target bird species are selecting AES option habitats through the winter, with a specific focus on the options for which there is evidence that management could have positive effects on populations.
1. Conduct surveys during November 2018 to March 2019, across a representative sample of England characterised by arable and mixed farmland, recording bird (and brown hare) abundance, habitat characteristics and the extent/quality of relevant AES options at appropriate scales.
2. Compare densities of birds (and brown hare) in relation to habitat and AES option extent and quality at appropriate scales.
3. Assess the extent to which bird- (and brown hare-) use has been influenced by habitat and AES option delivery.
4. Draw conclusions about how the design and operational delivery AES options designed to provide key habitats/resources for birds during winter might be improved.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2018

To: 2020

Cost: £93,265
Contractor / Funded Organisations
British Trust For Ornithology (BTO)
Arable Farming              
Environmental Stewardship              
Livestock Farming              
Wildlife Management