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Title of the project

Impact of human disturbance on coastal birds: population consequences derived from behavioural responses

Description

BASC and hunters worked with Bournemouth University to study the impacts of disturbance on overwintering waterfowl in Poole Harbour.

Results

The study found that walking causes 100 times more disturbance than wildfowling. Furthermore, that wildfowling accounted for just 0.04% of the disturbance activities on Poole Harbour and that the impact was deemed so low that research predicted that there would be no impact on the survival of birds even if it was increased by 25 times

Location

Country United Kingdom
Level Local, National
Site Poole Harbour
Specific site coordinates 50°41'N, 1°59'W

Starting date

2012

Habitat Types

Wetland, Coastal

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, Emerald Network, Ramsar, National protected area

Species

Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Protected species, Threatened species, Abundant species, Migratory species, Invasive Alien species
Species Type Birds

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)

Partners

Leading partners BASC and Bournemouth University

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

250

Estimation of Human Resources needed

4 years

Publication(s)

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/27019/

Weblinks

https://basc.org.uk/wildfowling/research-wildfowling-wild-bird-disturbance/