Dr Staffan Roos

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Background

My main research focuses on raptors of conservation concern. For example, I am working on a project which aims to identify the causes of the population decline of kestrels in the UK, and I am leading research that tries to estimate the effects of wind farms and persecution on hen harriers, red kites and white-tailed eagles.

My research also involves the problem with persecution; unfortunately many of raptor species in the UK are affected by such illegal activities. In collaboration with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Buccleuch Estate, I work in the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, which tries to demonstrate that red grouse management (for shooting purposes) and raptor conservation are not mutually exclusive using a range of practical solutions, including diversionary feeding of hen harriers and habitat management. Such easily implemented solutions have the potential to reduce the persecution and the conservation conflict.

In addition, I work on projects related to the effects of predation on birds. I have recently started to work on various aspects of how releases of pheasants (for shooting) affect native wildlife. I am also involved in a wide array of research projects focusing on upland bird species, such as black grouse, ring ouzel and upland waders. Before joining the RSPB, I worked on a range of projects at universities in Sweden and the UK as well as at the British Trust for Ornithology, primarily focusing on farmland, shoreline, marine and urban birds.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, looking after the garden and following the fortunes (or lack thereof...) of my favourite Swedish football team, Östers IF. Much of the spring and summer I can be found monitoring raptors in my study area in Central Scotland.

External Activities

  • 2015 to present: Associate Editor of Ibis
  • 2011 to present: Editor of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Annual Report
  • 2011 to present: RSPB's representative in the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme

Partners and Collaboration

  • Dr Sonja Ludwig, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Langholm Moor Demonstration Project
  • Gordon Riddle, South Strathclyde Raptor Study Group
  • Prof Steve Redpath, University of Aberdeen
  • Prof Tomas Pärt, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Ian Todd, South Strathclyde Raptor Study Group
  • Mike Thornton, Lothian & Borders Raptor Study Group

Contact

Staffan Roos

Dr Staffan Roos

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

Scotland Headquarters, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH

staffan.roos@rspb.org.uk

@roos_staffan

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Agriculture Identifying problems Marine New methods and technologies UK species Upland

Selected Publications

Long-term trends in the abundance of breeding lapwing

A long-term decline on this habitat is shown to be associated with the intensification of agricultural management, particularly the occurrence of field drainage. To assess long-term trends in the number...

Date
01 January 2004
Authors
Taylor, I.R. & Grant, M.C.
Published in
Bird Study
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Lapwing Scotland UK species Upland

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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Black grouse Scotland Upland

Environmental impacts of high-output driven shooting of Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica)

Recreational hunting of game birds and mammals is globally widespread (Loveridge et al. 2009). Habitat and predator management is sometimes undertaken to increase game abundance and hunting bags (e.g. Hudson 1992, Arroyo et al. 2012). This can have environmental...

Date
03 October 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr David Douglas, Dr Staffan Roos, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Thompson, P.S., Douglas, D.J.T., Hoccom, D.G., Knott, J., Roos, S. & Wilson, J.D.
Published in
Ibis 158: 446-452
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UK UK species Woodland

Food supplementation does not increase demographic rates in a passerine species of conservation concern

Numerous studies have examined the effects of the provision of supplementary food on aspects of avian reproductive success, but far fewer have gone on to examine the potential positive effects of food supplementation on the demographic rates which are key for population growth rate. Testing for potential effects ...

Date
02 May 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Innes Sim, Dr Staffan Roos, Nick Wilkinson
Authors
Sim, I., Wilkinson, N., Scridel, D., Anderson, D. & Roos, S.
Published in
Nature Conservation
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Ring ouzel Upland

Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme Report 2013

This is the eleventh report of the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme covering the year 2013. It follows the previous annual reports in the series (Etheridge 2005; Etheridge et al. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 a & b, 2013). The aim of the report is to provide clear and factual information on territory occupation and breeding success of birds of prey in Scotland.

RSPB Authors
Dr Staffan Roos
Authors
Amy Challis
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Scotland