Use of GPS to identify the grazing areas of hill sheep

Rutter, S.M.; Beresford, N.A.; Roberts, G.. 1997 Use of GPS to identify the grazing areas of hill sheep. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 17 (2). 177-188.

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Within flocks grazing land contaminated with radioactive fallout following the Chernobyl nuclear accident, certain sheep have comparatively high levels of radiocaesium. To understand why only certain sheep are affected, the precise grazingareas of these animals need to be identified. An animal behaviour and tracking system, that utilises the Global Positioning System (GPS), has been developed and was tested in upland West Cumbria, UK. Although there was evidence that hilly terrain did occasionally affect the function of the GPS receiver, this was for only 2.5% of the time in the worst case. The study clearly demonstrates that GPS can be used to track domestic sheep, and could be used to identify home ranges and the specific areas giving rise to contaminated animals

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0168-1699
Additional Keywords: radioecology, animal tracking, foraging behaviour, Global Positioning System, GPS
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 07 Jun 2012 08:09 +0 (UTC)

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