Dr Kendrew Colhoun

Senior Conservation Scientist, Reserves Team

Background

As the only member of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science in Northern Ireland my role is inevitably a diverse one, ranging from single-species studies (currently focusing on swift foraging behaviour) to diagnosing declines in important seabird and waterbird populations.

Much of my time at RSPB for the last 8 years has been concerned with testing the efficacy of agri-environment schemes at halting declines in our two most threatened groups - breeding waders and farmland granivores.

Additional important roles are concerned with identifying monitoring and research needs, steering monitoring projects (eg seabirds, rare breeding birds) and periodic assessments of birds of conservation concern in Ireland.

I support my colleagues in the Northern Irish RSPB team in all sorts of ways including casework and policy development support, raptor persecution, ringing and surveying, identifying areas which require monitoring and research work and partnering with government bodies and academic partners in order to carry out research.

External Activities

  • 2015 to present: Member of the Irish Rare Breeding Birds Panel
  • 2005 to present: Secretary, Irish Brent Goose Research Group

Partners and Collaboration

  • Prof Stuart Bearhop, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter
  • Dr Richard Inger, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter

Contact

Kendrew Colhoun

Dr Kendrew Colhoun

Senior Conservation Scientist, Reserves Team

Northern Ireland Headquarters, Belvoir Park Forest, Belfast, BT8 7QT

kendrew.colhoun@rspb.org.uk

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Specialisms

Agriculture Identifying problems Marine New methods and technologies Protected areas UK species Upland

Selected Publications

Population estimates and changes in abundance of breeding waders in Northern Ireland up to 2013

Capsule: The third survey of breeding waders in Northern Ireland showed large declines in the abundance of Eurasian Curlew, Northern Lapwing and Common Snipe since 1987.

Date
03 July 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Kendrew Colhoun, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Colhoun, K., Mawhinney, K. & Peach, W.J.
Published in
Bird Study
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Northern Ireland Waders Marine

Multicolony tracking reveals the winter distribution of a pelagic seabird on an ocean basin scale

An understanding of the non-breeding distribution and ecology of migratory species is necessary for successful conservation. Many seabirds spend the non-breeding season far from land, and information...

Date
26 November 2011
RSPB Authors
Dr Kendrew Colhoun
Authors
Frederiksen, M., Moe, B., Daunt, F., Phillips, R.A., Barrett, R.T., Bogdanova, M.I., Boulinier, T., Chardine, J.W., Chastel, O., Chivers, L.S., Christensen-Dalsgaard, S., Clement-Chastel, C., Colhoun, K., Freeman, R., Gaston, A.J., Gonzalez-Solis, J., Goutte, A., Gremillet, D., Guilford, T. & Jensen, G.H.
Published in
Diversity and Distributions
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International UK Marine

Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets

Colonial breeding is widespread among animals. Some, such as eusocial insects, may use agonistic behavior to partition available foraging habitat into mutually exclusive territories; others, such as ...

Date
05 July 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Kendrew Colhoun, Dr Rowena Langston
Authors
Wakefield, E. D., Bodey, T.W., Bearhop, S., Blackburn, J., Colhoun, K., Davies, R., Dwyer, R.G., Green, J.A., Grémillet, D., Jackson, A.L., Jessopp, M.J., Kane, A., Langston, R.H.W., Lescroël, A., Murray, S., Le Nuz, M., Patrick, S.C., Péron, C., Soanes, L.M., Wanless, S. et al.
Published in
Science
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UK Marine UK species

Foraging trip time-activity budgets and reproductive success in the black-legged kittiwake

Seabirds are central place foragers during the breeding season and, as marine food resources are often patchily distributed, flexibility in foraging behaviour may be important in maintaining prey...

Date
07 June 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Kendrew Colhoun
Authors
Chivers, L.S., Lundy, M.G., Colhoun, K., Newton, S.F., Houghton, J.D.R. & Reid, N.
Published in
Marine Ecology Progress Series
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Northern Ireland Marine UK species

Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 2014–2019

This is the third assessment of the status of all regularly occurring birds on the island of Ireland. The criteria on which the assessment is based include international conservation status, historical breeding declines, recent population declines (numbers and range in breeding and non- breeding seasons), European conservation status, breeding rarity, localised distribution, and the international importance of populations. 

RSPB Authors
Dr Kendrew Colhoun
Authors
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Northern Ireland UK species