Publications for Dr Tony Morris

The decline of the Turtle Dove: Dietary associations with body condition and competition with other columbids analysed using high-throughput sequencing

Dietary changes linked to the availability of anthropogenic food resources can have complex implications for species and ecosystems, especially when species are in decline. Here, we use recently developed primers targeting the ITS2 region of plants to characterize diet from faecal samples of four UK columbids, with particular focus on the European turtle dove...

Date
01 August 2019
RSPB Authors
Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Dunn, J.C., Stockdale, J.E., Moorhouse-Gann, R.J., McCubbin, A., Hipperson, H., Morris, A.J., Grice, P.V. & Symondson, W.O.C.
Published in
Molecular Ecology 27 (16): 3386-3407
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Higher-tier agri-environment schemes: do they work and how much do we need to recover farmland birds?

Our study assessed the impact of higher‐tier agri‐environment scheme (AES) land management on the abundance of bird species associated with farmed landscapes...

Date
01 June 2018
RSPB Authors
Dr Tony Morris, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Morris, A.J., Grice, P.V., Walker, L.K., Cristinacce, A., Dadam, D. & Peach, W.J.
Published in
Animal Conservation 21 (3): 199-200
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Effects of higher-tier agri-environment scheme on the abundance of priority farmland birds

Agri-environment schemes (AES) are the main policy mechanism available for reversing the widespread declines of European farmland biodiversity. We assessed the impact of AES land...

Date
01 June 2018
RSPB Authors
Dr Tony Morris, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Walker, L.K., Morris, A.J., Cristinacce, A., Dadam, D., Grice, P.V. & Peach, W.J.
Published in
Animal Conservation 21 (3): 183-192
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Post-fledging habitat selection in a rapidly declining farmland bird, the European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur. Bird Conservation International.

Post-fledging survival plays a vital role in the dynamics of bird populations and yet is the least-studied avian life-stage. Habitat requirements post-fledging may have important implications for behaviour and survival, especially for declining ...

Date
01 April 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Jenny Dunn, Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Dunn, J.C., Morris, A.J. & Grice, P.V.
Published in
Bird Conservation International
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Non-cultured faecal and gastrointestinal seed samples fail to detect Trichomonad infection in clinically and sub-clinically infected columbid bird

Trichomonosis, caused by the protozoan Trichomonas gallinae, is an emerging infectious disease in finches, and is more commonly found in columbids and raptors. Infections can be sub-clinical or cause morbidity and mortality, but the parasite is currently only detectable by incubation of an oral swab. Here, we...

Date
28 January 2016
RSPB Authors
Dr Jenny Dunn, Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Dunn, J.C., Stockdale, J.E., McCubbin, A., Thomas, R.C., Goodman, S.J., Grice, P.V., Morris, A.J., Hamer, K.C. & Symondson, W.O.C.
Published in
Conservation Genetics Resources
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Making explicit agricultural ecosystem service trade-offs: a case study of an English lowland arable farm

European farmland hosts a species assemblage of animals and plants which have undergone declines through the late twentieth and early twenty-first...

Date
02 November 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Rob Field, Dr Matthew Carroll, Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Field, R.H., Hill, R.K., Carroll, M. & Morris, A.J.
Published in
International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
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Twenty years of local farmland bird conservation: the effects of management on avian abundance at two UK demonstration sites

Capsule: At two demonstration farms, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's Loddington Farm in Leicestershire and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds's Hope Farm in Cambridgeshire, targeted management led to much faster increases in avian abundance than in the surrounding regions...

Date
13 October 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr David Gibbons, Dr Tony Morris, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Aebischer, N.J., Bailey, C.M., Gibbons, D., Morris, A.J., Peach, W.J. & Stoate, C.
Published in
Bird Study
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The protozoan parasite Trichomonas gallinae causes adult and nestling mortality in a declining population of European turtle doves, Streptopelia turtur.

Studies incorporating the ecology of clinical and sub-clinical disease in wild populations of conservation concern are rare. Here we examine sub-clinical infection by Trichomonas gallinae in a declining population of free-living European...

Date
03 March 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Jenny Dunn, Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Stockdale, J.E, Dunn, J.C., Goodman, S.J., Morris, A.J., Sheehan, D. K., Grice, P.V. & Hamer, K.C.
Published in
Parasitology
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Higher-tier agri-environment scheme enhances breeding densities of some priority farmland birds in England

Agri-environment schemes (AES) are the main policy mechanism available to reverse the widespread losses of farmland biodiversity across Europe. Previous examples of AES enhancing the abundance of farmland birds have been restricted to...

Date
23 January 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Tony Morris, Dr Rob Field, Dr Leila Walker, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Bright, J.A., Morris, T., Field, R.H., Cooke, A.I., Grice; P.V., Walker, L., Fern, J. & Peach, W.
Published in
Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 203: 69-79
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Effect of plot type, age and date on seed depletion and bird use of Wild Bird Seed Mixtures in England

Bird and seed abundances decreased in both standard and enhanced Agri-Environment Scheme seed mixtures (plots of seed-bearing crops) between November and February. We analysed effects of Agri-Environment seed mixture type (‘standard’...

Date
26 September 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Rob Field, Dr Will Peach, Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Bright, J.A., Field, R.H., Morris, A.J., Cooke, A.I., Fern, J., Grice, P.V. & Peach, W.
Published in
Bird Study
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