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.
- 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