What's driving the marsh tit decline?: studies in Cambridgeshire and beyond

Broughton, Richard. 2014 What's driving the marsh tit decline?: studies in Cambridgeshire and beyond. [Lecture] In: Cambridgeshire Bird Club Conference, Cottenham, 27-28 Sept 2014. (Unpublished)

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The Marsh Tit is one of several British woodland birds to have suffered a serious population decline in recent decades. Marsh Tit abundance has fallen by almost three-quarters since the 1960s and its range has contracted by a fifth, placing it on the UK’s Red List. Extensive research over the last decade has built upon earlier studies to greatly increase the understanding of Marsh Tit behaviour and habitat requirements, with valuable context provided from elsewhere in Europe. This indicates that the population decline in Britain has occurred alongside an apparent improvement in habitat quality, and despite breeding success remaining high. Attention has now focussed on a combination of reduced survival and a loss of woodland connectivity as a plausible mechanism for the decline, although work is ongoing to fully understand how these factors might interact. With a relentless downward population trend and no sign of a recovery, measures are suggested which may help conserve remaining populations.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Presented as part of the Cambridgeshire Bird Club Conference "Woodland birds: habitats, species and conservation"
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 24 Feb 2015 10:09 +0 (UTC)

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