Wildlife Science

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

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

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

Recovery of Polecats in Britain

Other the last one hundred years the polecat has been recovering its former range following a catastrophic decline in the nineteenth century. In this interdisciplinary project Katie Sainsbury is investigating the contemporary anthropogenic processes… Read More

Project Archive: Buzzards & Released Gamebirds

Across Europe, the common buzzard Buteo buteo is considered to have a negative impact on game species. This is particularly true in the UK where a rapid increase in buzzard range and abundance, coupled with declining returns of harvested gamebirds,… Read More

Project Archive: Managing Introduced and Invasive Species

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

Hazel Dormouse Conservation

Our research in this area focuses on understanding the status of hazel dormouse populations in the UK, the habitat needs of the Hazel Dormouse, and how these fit within wider woodland conservation. The hazel dormouse is in decline… Read More

Project Archive: Tasmanian Devil Ecology

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