Wildlife Science

Hazel Dormouse Species Conservation Strategy Pilot Project

Hazel dormice populations are experiencing ongoing declines, having reduced by 72% between 1993-2014. This is believed to be due to a loss and degradation of suitable habitats, reductions in traditional forestry methods such as coppicing, potentially exacerbated by… Read More

Gamebird management and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the Northern hemisphere; currently more than 1500 cases are recorded in the UK each year. Evidence suggests that Pheasants are competent hosts for the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato,… Read More

Hazel Dormouse Conservation

Our research in this area focuses on understanding the status of hazel dormouse populations in the UK, their habitat needs, and how these fit within wider woodland conservation. We are also investigating the implications of climate for dormouse… Read More

Wildcat Conservation

The European 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.

Project Archive: Impacts and management of starlings on dairy farms

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

Project Archive: Domestic Dogs & Guinea Worm

Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, is set to become the second human disease in history to be eradicated. In 1986 the disease burdened millions of people in 21 countries throughout Africa and Asia, today the disease is only present… Read More

Domestic Dogs & Guinea Worm

Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis, is set to become the second human disease in history to be eradicated. In 1986 the disease burdened millions of people in 21 countries throughout Africa and Asia, today the disease is only present… Read More

Project Archive: Badger Social Networks & Bovine Tuberculosis

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

Badger Social Networks & Bovine Tuberculosis

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

Project Archive: Cats, Cat Owners & Wildlife

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

Cats, Cat Owners & Wildlife

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

Project Archive: Cattle Networks & Bovine Tuberculosis

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