Research Seminar Kate Durrant
10 feb 2017 13.00 uur - 14.00 uur
Campus Diepenbeek - Auditorium H3
Human disturbance of wildlife is a major cause of population decline or extirpation. Effects can be obvious, but effects may be subtle when human recreational use of the landscape is considered. The European nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus, is a Palearctic-African migratory bird that breeds in heath and forest clearfells in the UK each summer. We have been monitoring a single population for over 15 years on a commercial forestry site that is heavily used for recreation by the public. Using a combination of GPS tracking data, nest records, acoustic monitoring and genetic methods, we aimed to determine what has contributed to fluctuations in adult numbers and reproductive success in the population over time. We have been able to develop a more refined understanding of the impact of various forms of human disturbance to assist with land management and to improve survey methods for this important and cryptic avian species.