Investigating great bustard habitat

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Chris Clarke, a Masters student, is carrying out some research on a number of farms around Salisbury Plain this summer. He is interested in the reasons great bustards may choose some areas above others and is focusing on the effects of predators and food supply. The results will be very useful, helping us identify the areas where we should aim to improve habitat for bustards.

His work involves a variety of interesting experiments on predators such as foxes, from observing their reaction to model bustards to leaving fake bustard eggs in the middle of fields to see if they are eaten. He is also sampling insect numbers, which will be a good way to compare sites. We will post his results here when the research is finished.

Categories: LIFE +

Andrew Taylor

Posted by Andrew Taylor

Andrew has worked for the RSPB in Wiltshire for three years, mainly as part of the Wessex Stone-curlew Project. In March 2011,he joined the LIFE+ team.

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