Monday, 14 December 2015, 12:09 pm
Press Release: Hawkes Bay Regional Council
14 December 2015
Scottish zoology student reports on Napier bird recovery study
An academic paper lead by a Scottish zoology student has given a positive report on the process and results of the Napier Hill urban possum control programme.
The paper appears in Conservation Evidence, an open access online journal on the effectiveness of management interventions
Lilidh Johnstone MacLeod completed the paper as part of her Masters of Science placement year for the University of Glasgow. The paper was co-authored by HBRC staff Rod Dickson and Campbell Leckie, with Eco-Vista’s Brent Stephenson and Alistair Glen from Landcare Research.
“Working with Lilidh and Landcare Research has really benefited the HUB programme. By analysing the results of our bird monitoring over the years, it further proves what Napier residents have already been telling us that fewer possums has resulted in an increase in flowers, berries and seeds in the environment, and ultimately more birds,” says Rod Dickson, HBRC Biosecurity Advisor.