Publications for Dr Mark Hancock

Correlates of breeding success of horned grebes in Scotland

A study was carried out on breeding Horned (Slavonian) Grebes (Podiceps auritus) in Scotland to investigate causes of low breeding success. Clutch and brood survival were examined separately, as well...

Date
01 June 2009
RSPB Authors
Dr Ron Summers, Dr Mark Hancock
Authors
Summers, R.W., Mavor, R.A. & Hancock, M.H.
Published in
Waterbirds
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A 25 year study of breeding Greenshanks, Territory occupancy, breeding success and the effects of new woodland

Breeding Greenshanks Tringa nebularia have their British stronghold in Sutherland and Caithness, which hold 44% of the national population. In a 1,200-ha study area in north Sutherland, a 25-year study found a high density of breeding...

Date
01 April 2009
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock
Authors
Christian, N. & Hancock, M.H.
Published in
British Birds
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An exceptional Calluna vulgaris winter die-back event, Abernethy Forest, Scottish Highlands

Calluna vulgaris is a woody shrub forming plant communities of economic and international conservation importance. Following winter 2002-2003, there was exceptional Calluna die-back in the central...

Date
13 August 2008
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock
Authors
Hancock, M.H.
Published in
Plant Ecology & Diversity
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Habitat associations of young Black Grouse broods

Capsule: In the Scottish Highlands, Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix females with young broods selected areas rich in wet flushes, grasses and Sphagnum mosses. Aims: To identify associations between young Black Grouse broods and habitat characteristics. Methods: We located brood-rearing Black Grouse females in four areas of moorland-forest mosaic in the Scottish...

Date
09 June 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Staffan Roos, Dr Mark Hancock
Authors
Roos, S., Donald, C., Dugan, D., Hancock, M.H., O'Hara, D., Stephen, L. & Grant, M.
Published in
Bird Study 63: 203-213
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Status of male Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix in Britain in 1995-96

A survey of the male Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix population in Britain was undertaken made in 1995 and 1996. The survey was based on counts of males displaying in the spring. In Wales and Staffordshire...

Date
01 January 1999
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock, Dr David Gibbons
Authors
Hancock, M. H. and colleagues
Published in
Bird Study
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Testing prescribed fire as a tool to promote Scots pine Pinus sylvestris regeneration

Techniques for encouraging natural tree regeneration are of increasing interest to managers of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris forests. We tested prescribed fire at a management scale, with deer present...

Date
14 March 2009
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock, Dr Ron Summers
Authors
Hancock, M.H., Summers, R.W., Amphlett, A. & Willi, J.
Published in
European Journal of Forest Research
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Artificial floating islands for nesting Black-throated Divers Gavia arctica in Scotland: construction, use and effect on breeding success

Sixty-three artificial floating islands (rafts) were sited at Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica territories in Scotland, the majority during 1992-95. Rafts were mainly 2.4 m x 3.6 m platforms made of...

Date
01 January 2000
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock
Authors
Hancock, M. H.
Published in
Bird Study
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The effect of experimental prescribed fire on the establishment of Scots pine Pinus sylvestris seedlings on heather Calluna vulgaris moorland

A key management objective for native Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forests in Scotland is to extend the forest onto treeless moorland, below the natural tree line, dominated by the dwarf shrub, heather...

Date
23 May 2005
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock, Dr Ron Summers
Authors
Hancock, M.H., Egan, S., Summers, R., Cowie, N., Amphlett, A., Rao, S. & Hamilton, A.
Published in
Forest Ecology and Management
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Use of time-lapse video cameras to determine causes of nest failure of Slavonian Grebes Podiceps auritus

Few clutches were predated, with Otter Lutra lutra the most frequent predator filmed. To determine the rate of nest predation and identify predators of the Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus in Scotland...

Date
01 January 2005
RSPB Authors
Dr Allan Perkins, Nigel Butcher, Dr Ron Summers, Dr Mark Hancock
Authors
Perkins, A.J., Hancock, M.H., Butcher, N. & Summers, R.W.
Published in
Bird Study
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Using cattle for conservation objectives in a Scots pine Pinus sylvestris forest: results of two trials

It has been argued that large ungulates play a key role in natural forest dynamics, but in Britain, the largest native ungulates (aurochs and elk) are extinct. Cattle could have some similar effects...

Date
02 December 2009
RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock, Dr Ron Summers
Authors
Hancock, M.H., Summers, R.W., Amphlett, A., Willi, J., Servant, G. & Hamilton, A.
Published in
European Journal of Forest Research
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