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Strategic monitoring and modelling of bird pest populations to predict damage, damage limitation and the impact...... - VC0101

(Previously PV0103)
To monitor annually the breeding and winter populations of Wood pigeons in an arable farmland study area in Cambridgeshire. To assess food availability through the determination of crop distribution and abundance and to correlate them with population parameters. To monitor annually the age structure and breeding of Starlings at Worplesdon, Surrey. To relate productivity and survival data to trends in the British population revealed by the British Trust for Ornithology's Common Bird Census. To assemble demographic data on British Canada Goose populations in order to construct a model which will be used to assess the likely efficacy of different control actions. To predict, from the above relationships, likely impacts of agricultural practices (cropping patterns, set-aside farm woodlands, intensification) and damage control activities on future pest populations and damage levels.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1995

Cost: £295,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Fields of Study
Wildlife Management