Investigating wader breeding productivity in the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership Area using collaborative methods
Author(s): Jarrett D., Calladine J., Milner J., Wernham C., Wilson M.
Published: 1 January 2019 Issue No.: 715
Publisher: British Trust for Ornithology Pages: 44pp
Download article 4.29 MB application/pdf
Breeding wader populations have declined significantly in recent decades in the UK. During this time, areas of moorland managed for grouse shooting and adjacent areas of rough pasture have been identified as persisting strongholds. A contributory cause to wader population declines is afforestation, and in the Cairngorms National Park (CNP) there is likely to be significant woodland expansion (with associated conservation gains for woodland biodiversity) in areas currently holding breeding waders. Land management planning in the CNP requires a balance between these and other competing objectives. This project was carried out collaboratively with The East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership, which comprises six estates (Mar Lodge, Mar, Invercauld, Balmoral, Glenavon and Glenlivet) and the Cairngorms National Park Authority. The primary aim of the project was to investigate factors, including effects of woodland cover, affecting breeding productivity of wader species within the area covered by the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership.
What effect might annual releases of non-native gamebirds be having on native biodiversity?
Henrietta Pringle reveals the work behind a recent paper on gamebirds and predation
General licences and BTO
Andy Clements, BTO Chief Executive, sets out BTO’s position regarding the current debate about wildlife licensing.