Lucy Mason

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

My research is principally focused on the problems affecting breeding waders and the development of conservation solutions to address their population declines.

I am involved with a variety of projects tackling the predation issues faced by breeding waders on lowland wet grassland, as well as research into conservation management solutions to address the declines of redshank and other species such as the scarce pug moth on coastal saltmarsh. More recently, I have also been working with others at the RSPB and Durham University to develop an updated indicator of the impacts of climate change on European and North American bird species.

I manage a variable number of research assistants and postgraduate students each year and am experienced in data analysis using R, scientific report and paper writing. I conduct and provide training in field skills such as wader nest finding and chick ringing, radio-telemetry, predator monitoring and habitat surveys.

Partners and Collaboration

  • Dr Steve Willis, Durham University
  • Dr Philip Stephens, Durham University
  • Elwyn Sharps, PhD student, Bangor University (2011 - 2014)

Contact

Lucy Mason

Lucy Mason

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL

lucy.mason@rspb.org.uk

Research Gate

Specialisms

Agriculture Climate change Identifying problems Protected areas UK species

Selected Publications

The use of predator-exclusion fencing as a management tool improves the breeding success of waders on lowland wet grassland

Waders breeding on lowland wet grassland have undergone dramatic declines across Europe in recent decades. Few species now achieve the levels of breeding success required for population stability and ...

Date
09 November 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Jennifer Smart, Lucy Mason
Authors
Malpas, L.R., Kennerley, R.J., Hirons, G.J.M, Sheldon, R.D., Ausden, M., Gilbert, J.C. & Smart, J.
Published in
Journal for Nature Conservation
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UK Agriculture Protected areas UK species

Continued declines of Redshank Tringa totanus breeding on saltmarsh in Great Britain: is there a solution to this conservation problem?

Capsule: Over 50% of saltmarsh breeding Common Redshank have been lost since 1985, with current conservation management having only limited success at halting these declines. Aims: To update populati...

Date
29 April 2013
RSPB Authors
Lucy Mason, Dr Jennifer Smart
Authors
Malpas, L.R., Smart, J., Drewitt, A., Sharps, E. & Garbutt, A.
Published in
Bird Study
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Redshank UK Identifying problems Protected areas UK species

Wader chick condition is not limited by resource availability on wader-friendly lowland wet grassland sites in the UK

Many wader species breeding on lowland wet grassland in Western Europe are becoming increasingly restricted to wader-friendly protected sites and nature reserves where habitat conditions and management methods are more suitable ...

Date
07 December 2015
RSPB Authors
Lucy Mason, Dr Jennifer Smart
Authors
Mason, L.R. & Smart, J.
Published in
International Wader Study Group 122 (3)
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UK UK species

Consistent response of bird populations to climate change on two continents

Global climate change is a major threat to biodiversity. Large-scale analyses have generally focused on the impacts of climate change on the geographic ranges of species and on phenology, the timing of ecological phenomena. We used long-term monitoring of the abundance of ...

Date
01 April 2016
RSPB Authors
Lucy Mason, Prof Rhys Green, Prof Richard Gregory
Authors
Stephens, P.A., Mason, L.R., Green, R.E., Gregory, R.D., Sauer, J.R., Alison, J., Aunins, A., Brotons, L., Butchart, S.H.M., Campedelli, T., Chodkiewic, T., Chylarecki, P., Crowe, O., Elts, J., Escandell, V., Foppen, R.P.B., Heldbjerg, H., Herrando, S., Husby, M., Jiguet, F., Lehikoinen, A., Lindstroem, A., Noble, D.G., Paquet, J.-Y., Reif, J., Sattler, T., Szep, T., Teufelbauer, N., Trautmann, S., van Strien, A.J., Van Turnhout, C., Vorisek, P. & Willis, S.G.
Published in
Science 352: 84-87
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International Climate change