I: Excluding starlings from cattle feed using a novel acoustic deterrent. Starlings cause significant economic damage at dairy farms by consuming and contaminating cattle feed. Farmers suffer impacts through loss of feed, reduced milk yields, and veterinary bills… Read More
European badgers in the UK are a primary wildlife reservoir of Mycobacterium bovis, the bacterium that cause bovine tuberculosis (bTB). As a result understanding how badger ecology and behaviour might shape disease spread in badger populations and influence… Read More
Domestic cats have rich historical and cultural associations with human societies, and today they are second only to dogs as the UK’s most popular pet. They provide millions of people with companionship and are also kept for their skills as pest-controllers. However, the same hunting prowess that makes cats helpful allies can also be a problem, and owned, ‘outdoor’ cats kill many wild animals every year. Read More
Networks are ubiquitous in human lives and this is no different for domestic and wild animals. Social networks exist between animals within a farm and trade networks exist between farms. There are also local connections with wildlife and neighbouring farms.… Read More
Migratory swans face many threats on their epic long-distance journeys. The endangered Northwest European Bewick’s swan (Cygnus columbianus bewickii), may travel over 11 countries on its migration between the Russian Arctic and Europe and faces persecution from illegal… Read More
The Scottish wildcat, Felis silvestris silvestris, is the UK’s last remaining native felid. After many years of persecution and habitat loss, this subspecies is no longer present in England and Wales. Without intervention, this pattern could repeat itself in Scotland, rendering the wildcat locally extinct in Britain.
I: Individual Specialisation in Established Biological Invasions Invasive species represent an increasing global issue with huge biological and economic costs and consequences. As a result, substantial attention and resources have been channelled into invasive species control; but there… Read More
Olivia Bell’s research aims to investigate the impact of Tasmanian devil declines on the diet and trophic ecology of the four Tasmanian mammalian predator species: the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus), eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)… Read More