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Validation of a population model predicting woodpigeon nos. resulting from changes in agric. practice or license regs. - VC0112

Description
The main objective of this work is to validate a woodpigeon population model that enables predictions to be made concerning the likely impacts of new agricultural practices and/or licensing regulations upon woodpigeon numbers and crop damage. This work provides a scientific basis for licensing activities.
Objective
Objective 1: To gather data on changes in the field usage by, and the total number of, woodpigeons present within each of the four study sites, between October and April on at least three consecutive years.
Objective 2: To gather data on the breeding success of woodpigeons nesting within each of the four study areas on at least three consecutive years.
Objective 3: To analyse the above data in order to assess the validity of the woodpigeon population model.

At a Scientific Review meeting (January 2001) of the programme of research that contains this project, it was the opinion of the expert assessors that three consecutive years data were insufficient to validate the Carlton model and they recommended that the project be lengthened by a year. Subsequently an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (see section c below) meant the loss of three months data from year 2001/2002. As a result of both of these events the original CSG7 for this project was amended to produce this current version which extends the project for a further two years.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Validation of a population model predicting woodpigeon nos. resulting from changes in agric. practice or license regs.   (1257k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 2005

Cost: £297,196
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Keywords
Animals              
Birds              
Pest and Weed Control              
Pest Control              
Plants and Animals              
Wildlife Management              
Fields of Study
Wildlife Management