In my present role I design and deliver fieldwork-based research projects to identify solutions for declining urban and farmland bird species in the UK.
My recent work revealed an ecological trap for corn buntings breeding in winter cereal crops and identified a quantifiable, cheap, simple and effective solution, which is currently being tested. Other current work is aimed at understanding the cause of common swift declines, optimising artificial nest box uptake and devising an effective survey methodology to estimate breeding numbers.
My expertise includes: spatial population ecology, plant/ bird population ecology, computer simulation/graphics modeling, generalised mixed modeling, experimental design, survey and demographic fieldwork and use of special tracking methods.
I studied Conservation Ecology at Birkbeck College, Biology at Imperial College and obtained my PhD at Silwood Park. I love to explore wild habitats, search for rare plants and wildlife, and wander remote Scottish hills.
Partners and Collaboration
- Phil Grice, Natural England
Dr Rosemary Setchfield
Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science
The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL