My research primarily concerns species of High Nature Value farming and the upland margins with a particular focus on the ecology of twite and developing conservation solutions.
I have worked on a broad range of projects including, testing the efficacy of conservation solutions for twite, assessing the coverage of protected areas in the UK's Overseas Territories, monitoring the population response of upland birds to peatland restoration, evaluating the benefits to other taxa of agri-environment management for corncrake, investigating the causes of decline of ring ouzel and chough, and monitoring the status of twite and capercaillie through national surveys.
I manage a number of seasonal research assistants in most years.
I am an experienced researcher and project manager with a wide range of fieldwork experience on birds and other taxa. I have also developed skills in survey design and sampling techniques, GIS, and ecological data analysis.
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- Dr Andy Brown, Natural England