As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

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Scottish zoology student reports on Napier bird recovery

Monday, 14 December 2015, 12:09 pm

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.

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