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Maintaining migratory coastal bird diversity : management through behaviour-based predictive population modelling (COAST BIRD DIVERSITY)

Objective

Management decisions for coastal areas where migratory birds (waders and wildfowl) feed on passage and in winter are not based on quantitative population predictions for alternative sustainable use options, yet many human activities, potentially damaging to coastal bird diversity, are carried out there. This proposal will provide behaviour-based population models that could be applied rapidly whenever management decisions are required at one or more local sites or to guide Europe wide policy. By literature review and new fieldwork in five sites encompassing a broad range of human activities, single-site (no emigration) and multi-site (with between-site movement) models will be parameterised and tested. Their utility will be demonstrated by simulating the effect of local and Europe-wide policy options on bird body condition, mortality rate and population size. The results and models will be made available for widespread use by decision-makers.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Winfrith Technology Centre, Winfrith Newburgh
DT2 8ZD Dorchester
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

ALTERRA B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
6708 PB Wageningen
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Villiers-en-bois
79360 Beauvoir Sur Niort
GROUPE D'ETUDE DES MILIEUX ESTUARIENS ET LITTORAUX
France
Address
C/o Laboratoire De Géologie - Université De Rouen
76821 Mont-saint-aignan
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Denmark
Address
Kalo Grenaavej 12
8410 Roende
SYNDICAT MIXTE POUR L'AMÉNAGEMENT DE LA CÔTE PICARDIE
France
Address
Place De L'amiral Courbet 1
80100 Abbeville
UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ
Spain
Address
S/n,poligono Rio San Pedro S/n
11510 Puerto Real
UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
Address
Whiteknights
RG6 6AJ Reading / Silchester