Dr Rosemary Setchfield

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

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

Contact

Rosemary Setchfield

Dr Rosemary Setchfield

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

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

rosemary.setchfield@rspb.org.uk

Specialisms

Agriculture Identifying problems New methods and technologies UK species

Selected Publications

The influence of crop tiller density on the breeding performance of a cereal-nesting specialist

In the pursuit of maximizing agricultural yields and profits, crop management under intensive agriculture has reduced the heterogeneity of crop sward structure...

Date
18 July 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Rosemary Setchfield, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Setchfield, R.P. & Peach, W.J.
Published in
Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 1430-1439
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Agriculture

An agri-environment option boosts productivity of Corn Buntings Emberiza calandra in the UK

The potential for agri-environment schemes to reverse farmland bird declines is limited for some species by a lack of suitable prescriptions, in particular effective in-field options for species that...

Date
13 February 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr Rosemary Setchfield, Dr Guy Anderson
Authors
Setchfield, R.P., Mucklow, C., Davey, A., Bradter, U & Anderson, G.Q.A.
Published in
Ibis
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Corn bunting UK Agriculture

Abundance of male black grouse Tetrao tetrix in Britain in 2005, and change since 1995–96

There was a non-significant decline in the number of displaying males in Britain between 1995-96 and 2005, with a significant decline in Scotland...

Date
01 January 2008
RSPB Authors
Dr Innes Sim, Dr Mark Eaton, Dr Rosemary Setchfield
Authors
Sim, I.M.W., Eaton, M.A., Setchfield, R.P., Warren, P.K. & Lindley, P.
Published in
Bird Study
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Black grouse UK Identifying problems