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Lowland Farmland Birds 3: delivering solutions in an uncertain world

The proceedings of the BOU’s 2009 annual conference

Supported by
Countryside Council for Wales | Defra | Natural England | RSPB |
Scottish Natural Heritage

 

CONTENTS

 

Long term partridge studies in Sussex
Dick Potts

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UK Farmland bird trends – past and present
David Noble & Mark Eaton

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European trends in farmland birds
Petr VołÖíłíek, Jana łákorpilov├í, Alena Klvałêov├í, Arco Van Strien & Richard D. Gregory

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Recent and possible EU agricultural policy developments and their potential implications for farmland birds
Graham Tucker, David Baldock, Martin Farmer, Kaley Hart & Jenna Hegarty

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Lowland farmland bird conservation in the context of wider ecosystem service delivery
Richard Bradbury, Chris Stoate & Jerry Tallowin

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Assessing the implications of the loss of set-aside for farmland birds
Simon Gillings, Ian Henderson, Antony Morris & Juliet Vickery

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The environmental impacts of biomass crops: use by birds of miscanthus in summer and winter in southwestern England
Rufus Sage, Mark Cunningham, Mark Mallot & Alison Haughton

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Economic drivers and biodiversity change: the past and future of farmland birds in Hungary
Andr├ís B├íldi & Péter Bat├íry

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Bare soil as a staple commodity for declining ground-foraging insectivorous farmland birds
Rapha├½l Arlettaz,, Aline Ioset, Mélanie Maurer, Myles Menz, Thomas Reichlin, Nadja Weisshaupt, Fitsum Abadi & Michael Schaub,

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Can ecosystem services be integrated with conservation? A case study of breeding waders on grassland
Caroline Rhymer, Robert Robinson, Jennifer Smart & Mark Whittingham

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Nature conservation in modern agriculture - lessons from the Schorfheide-Chorin Project
Martin Flade

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Demographic contrasts in UK Twite populations: can they help to explain declines in England?
Nicholas I. Wilkinson, Andrew F. Raine, Andrew F. Brown, Jeremy D. Wilson, William J. Sutherland

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Alphalpha and the conservation of little bustards and other birds in southwest France
Vincent Bretagnolle, Alexandre Villers, Leo Denonfoux, Thomas de Cornullier & Pablo Inchausti CEBC-CNRS, 90, Beauvoir sur Niort, France

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The effect of cattle grazing on ground nesting birds
Tim Hounsome, Dave Leech, Martyn Gorman, Dave Raffaelli & Richard Delahay

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Going with the grain - new solutions and new evidence for bird Conservation techniques on arable farmland
Guy Q.A. Anderson, Mike Green, Ian G. Henderson & Antony J. Morris

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Conservation measures for breeding Skylarks on arable land in the Netherlands
W. Teunissen, B.J. Koks, Steven Kragten, J. Van 't Hoff, J. Arisz, H.J. Ottens, & M. Roodbergen

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New measures for farmland birds on livestock farms
Dave Buckingham, Phil Atkinson, Steve Peel & Will Peach

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The wider biodiversity benefits of agri-environment schemes targeted at birds
Michael MacDonald, Nick Wilkinson, Guy Anderson & Phil Grice

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Safe nesting habitats for Corn Buntings
Rosemary P. Setchfield, Allan J. Perkins, Hywel E. Maggs, Guy Q. A. Anderson & Jeremy D. Wilson

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The role of agri-environmental schemes for the development of farmland birds in complex northern landscapes
Juha Tiainen, Markus Piha, Jukka Rintala, Ville Vepsïlïinen, Johan Ekroos & Tuomas Seimola

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Adverse effects of agricultural intensification and climate change on breeding habitat quality of Black-tailed GodwitsLimosa l. limosa in the Netherlands
David Kleijn, Hans Schekkerman, Wim J. Dimmers, Ruud J.M. Van Kats, Dick Melman & Wolf A. Teunissen

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Grey Partridge Perdix perdix in the UK: recovery status, set-aside and shooting
Nicholas J. Aebischer & Julie A. Ewald

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Agri-environment evaluation in Ireland, with special reference to Skylark
Alex S. Copland, Olivia Crowe & John O'Halloran

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Agri-environment schemes in the European Union and their potential for wildlife conservation
Arial Brunner & Luigi Boccaccio

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Targeting Agri-environment scheme delivery for Farmland Birds in England
James Phillips, Richard Winspear, Sally Fisher & David Noble

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Assessing the impact of Entry Level Stewardship on lowland farmland birds in England
Catherine Davey, Juliet Vickery, Nigel Boatman, Dan Chamberlain, Hazel Parry & Gavin Siriwardena

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Winter Use of Seed-Bearing Crops by Birds within the English Environmental Stewardship Scheme
Rob H. Field, Anthony J. Morris, Phil. V. Grice & A. Cooke

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Testing agri-environment delivery for farmland birds at the farm scale: the Hillesden experiment
Shelley A Hinsley, John W Redhead, Paul E Bellamy,, Richard K Broughton, Ross A Hill & Richard F Pywell

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'Habitat is just another crop! - Training and advice for agri-environmental management
Matt Lobley, Eirini Saratsi & Michael Winter

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The importance of spatial and temporal scale for agri-environment scheme delivery
Gavin Siriwardena

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A review of modelling approaches for predicting bird population responses to land-use change
Simon J. Butler, H. Owen, Rob Robinson, Richard Stillman, Mark J. Whittingham & Ken Norris

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The use of individual-based models for studying the response of bird populations to landscape change
Hazel R Parry, Christopher J Topping, Nigel Boatman, Marc Kennedy & Alistair Murray

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Lowland Farmland Bird Recovery: A Defining Moment?
Andy Evans, Jeremy Wilson & Phil Grice

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Related links

Poster abstracts from the conference

Lowland Farmland Birds: their ecology and conservation

Lowland Farmland Birds II: the road to recovery

 

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Countryside Council for Wales, Defra, Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Our thanks also to all the authors listed above who presented papers at the conference. We also thank those who reviewed the papers for these proceedings. Lastly, we would like to thank the organising committee for producing such a stimulating and excellent programme, Will Peach (lead organiser – RSPB), Juliet Vickery (RSPB – formerly BTO), Nicholas Aebischer (GWCT), Richard Brand-Hardy (Defra), Gavin Siriwardena (BTO), Phil Grice (Natural England) and Ian Henderson (BTO), and the BOU’s Steve Dudley and Angela Langford for managing the meeting.

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