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Proceedings

Ecology and Conservation of Birds in Upland and Alpine Habitats

Financially supported by Scottish Natural Heritage
The proceedings of the BOU’s 2014 annual conference supported by
BTO, RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and University of Turin

Full conference report (Ibis 156: 896-900)

PLENARY

Avian strategies for living at high elevation: life-history variation and coping mechanisms in mountain habitats
Kathy Martin
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THE STATE OF UPLAND BIRD COMMUNITIES

Forty years of distribution change in the uplands: insights from atlases
Simon Gillings
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Birds of the Swiss Alps – trends and challenges
Verena Keller, Niklaus Zbinden & Hans Schmid
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Skiing, birds and biodiversity in the Alps
Enrico Caprio, Dan Chamberlain & Antionia Rolando
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Changes in some bird populations in upland Scandinavia
John Atle Kalas, Aleksi Lehikoinen, Martin Green, Magne Husby, ├àke Lindström & Des Thompson
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UPLAND BIRD ECOLOGY

Mountain forest biodiversity under climate change: compensating for negative effects by increasing structural richness
Veronika Braunisch, Joy Coppes, Rudi Suchant, Florian Zellweger, Raphaël Arlettaz & Kurt Bollmann
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Using the demography of a declining Ring Ouzel population to target conservation efforts
Innes M. W. Sim, Graham W. Rebecca, Sonja C. Ludwig, Murray C. Grant & Jane M. Reid
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Prospecting forays inform young Golden Eagles prior to emigrating from their natal home range
Ewan Weston, D. Philip Whitefield, Justin M. Travis & Xavier Lambin
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Hen Harriers in the UK: a tale of contrasting fortunes
Arjun Amar & Steve Redpath
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THE STATE OF UPLAND BIRD POPULATIONS

Waders in the uplands – why are changes so patchy in space and time?
Des Thompson
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Understanding the drivers of recent Dotterel declines in Scotland
Alistair Baxter, Steven Ewing, Jeremy Wilson, Des Thompson & Rene Van der Wal
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Elevation promotes male-male competition and birdsong aggressiveness
Giulia Bastianelli, Javier Seoane, Paloma Alvaréz & Paola Laiolo
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The population dynamics of wintering Purple Sandpipers in Britain
Ron Summers
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Greenland White-fronted Geese: arctic changes give exceptional temperate conservation challenges
David A. Stroud & Rachel Stroud
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UPLAND BIRDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Some of nature’s changes in response to climate
Chris Thomas
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Shifting habitats in the Alps and potential future consequences for birds
Dan Chamberlain, Matteo Negro, Enrico Caprio & Antonio Rolando
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Altitudinal and topography selection of the Rock Ptarmigan in Switzerland
Claire A. Pernollet, Frïnzi Korner Nievergelt & Lukas Jenni
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The impact of renewables on upland birds
Richard Evans & David Douglas
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UPLAND BIRDS AND LAND USE CHANGES

Landscape transition through natural processes: implications for biodiversity of tree regeneration on moorland
Rob Fuller & John Calladine
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Impacts of drainage and climate change on keystone insects and upland breeding birds
Matthew Carroll, Peter Dennis, Steven Ewing, Andreas Heinemeyer, James Pearce-Higgins & Chris Thomas
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Grazing and moorland birds
Graeme M. Buchanan, James W. Pearce-Higgins, & Murray C. Grant
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Game management in the UK uplands: a review of the effects of management on other wildlife and ecosystem services
Kathy Fletcher, Dave Newborn & David Baines
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RESPONSES THROUGH MANAGEMENT

The uplands as an agri-environment for bird conservation: what can we learn from comparisons with lowland farming systems?
Jeremy Wilson
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Grouse moor management: effects on other upland birds in the UK
David Baines, Kathy Fletcher, David Howarth, David Newborn & Mike Richardson
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Does intensive grouse moor management benefit the UK uplands?
Pat Thompson, David Douglas, Jeremy Wilson & Jeff Knott
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Predation and upland birds
Staffan Roos, Jeff Knott, Jen Smart & David Gibbons
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RESPONSES THROUGH POLICY

An EU perspective on what lies ahead for upland and alpine birds
Micheal O’Briain
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BirdLife perspective on changes since the 1980s
Ian Burfield, Christina Ieronymidou, Rob Pople & Ariel Brunner
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Looking forward and looking back: drivers of change in European alpine and upland bird populations
James W Pearce-Higgins, Graeme, M. Buchanan, Dan E. Chamberlain & Des Thomson
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The role of ecology in addressing conflicts over upland birds
Steve Redpath & Juliette Young
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Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats – concluding remarks
Jeremy Greenwood
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POSTERS

Monitoring Lapwing breeding success in the South West Peak
Sara D. J. Barrett, Richard M. Blindell, Tara Challoner & Mark J Eddowes
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Developing an international conservation plan and a domestic recovery programme for a species of global conservation concern
Daniel Brown & David Douglas
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Guiding survey efforts for the critically endangered Himalayan Quail Ophyrsia superciliosa using environmental niche modelling and proxy species
Jonathon C. Dunn, Graeme Buchanan, Richard Cuthbert, Mark J. Whittingham & Philip J. K. McGowan
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Common Buzzard Buteo buteo diet in relation to changes in vole abundance
R. M. Francksen, M. J. Whittingham & D. Baines
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AWARDED BEST STUDENT POSTER PRESENTATION

Small wind turbines and bird activity around the South Pennine Moors Special Protection Area
Christopher J. Harrison, Stuart Marsden & Huw Lloyd
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Status of breeding Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus in Britain in 2011
Daniel Hayhow, Mark Eaton, Steven Ewing, Andy Stanbury, Andy Douse & Phil Whitfield
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Habitat use and ranging behaviour of GPS-tracked Golden Eagles in northern Sweden
Tim Hipkiss, Holger Dettki, Frauke Ecke, Edward Moss, Carolin Sandgren & Birger Hörnfeldt
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Physiological tolerances of high temperatures in fynbos birds and implications for climate change
R. Milne, A. T. K. Lee, B. Smit & S. J. Cunningham
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Ecology and conservation biology of the Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus in afromontane forests of South Africa
Mike Perrin
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A case study of the impacts of wind farm construction on breeding Golden Plovers
Alex Sansom
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Associations between new native woodland creation and population change in Scottish Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix
Davide Scridel & David J. T. Douglas
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Upland villages as micro-hotspots of avian biodiversity: a case study of the Sainj Valley, Western Himalayas
Virat Jolli
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The influence of aviation noise on passerine vocalization and ecology
Andrew Wolfenden, Callum Thomas, Stuart Marsden & Selvino R. de Kort
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Acknowledgements

The ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats, a conference organised and run by Graeme Buchanan (RSPB Centre for Conservation Science), Des Thompson (SNH), Dan Chamberlain (University of Turin), James-Pearce Higgins (BTO), Steve Dudley (BOU) and Angela Langford (BOU) on behalf of the British Ornithologists’ Union.

The BOU is extremely grateful to Scottish Natural Heritage for their financial support of this conference.

The BOU is grateful to the individual speakers and their respective organisations for presenting their work at the conference.

The BOU is grateful to Patrick Smith for copy-editng all contributions.

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