Publications for Dr Will Peach

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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Agriculture

Avian malaria-mediated population decline of a widespread iconic bird species

Parasites have the capacity to affect animal populations by modifying host survival, and it is increasingly recognized that infectious disease can negatively impact biodiversity. Populations of the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) have declined in many European towns and cities, but the causes of these declines...

Date
17 July 2019
RSPB Authors
Dr Will Peach
Authors
Dadam, D., Robinson, R.A., Clements, A., Peach, W.J., Bennett, M., Rowcliffe, J.M. & Cunningham, A.A.
Published in
Royal Society Open Science 6 (7)
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UK species

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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England Agriculture Identifying problems

Habitat associations of farmland birds in South Devon

Between 2003 and 2009 there was a 70% reduction in the area of set-aside and a large increase in the area of Devon farmland managed under agri-environment (AE) agreements (mainly ELS hedge and grassland options). Breeding farmland birds selected localities with hedges...

Date
01 April 2013
RSPB Authors
Dr Will Peach
Authors
Peach, W.J., Wotton, S.R., Stanbury, A.J. & Davies, M.
Published in
Aspects of Applied Biology 118: 63-70
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England Agriculture

Influence of agri-environment scheme options on territory settlement by Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) and Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra).

Conserving farmland birds is a key objective for agri-environment schemes (AES) across Europe, with a number of management options aimed at providing invertebrate food and nesting habitats. We analysed territory settlement by ...

Date
01 January 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Malcolm Burgess, Dr Will Peach, Dr Rob Field, Dr Tony Morris
Authors
Burgess, M.D., Bright, J.A., Morris, A.J., Field, R.H., Grice, P.V., Cooke, A.L. & Peach, W.
Published in
Journal of Ornithology
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Corn bunting Yellowhammer England Agriculture UK species

Population estimates and changes in abundance of breeding waders in Northern Ireland up to 2013

Capsule: The third survey of breeding waders in Northern Ireland showed large declines in the abundance of Eurasian Curlew, Northern Lapwing and Common Snipe since 1987.

Date
03 July 2015
RSPB Authors
Dr Kendrew Colhoun, Dr Will Peach
Authors
Colhoun, K., Mawhinney, K. & Peach, W.J.
Published in
Bird Study
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Northern Ireland Waders Marine

Supplementary feeding of mealworms enhances reproductive success in garden nesting House Sparrows Passer domesticus

Mealworm provisioning increased clutch size and chick survival in garden-nesting house sparrows. We tested experimentally whether invertebrate availability limits reproductive success in garden-nesting house sparrows Passer ...

Date
09 June 2014
RSPB Authors
Dr Will Peach, Will Kirby
Authors
Peach, W.J., Sheehan, D.K. & Kirby, W.B.
Published in
Bird Study
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House sparrow England UK species

The development of Farmland Bird Packages for arable farmers in England

A literature review was undertaken to find the best evidence available to develop a quantified package of Environmental Stewardship options that are beneficial to farmland birds, for presentation to arable farmers and their advisers in England. The evidence suggests that...

Date
10 April 2010
RSPB Authors
Dr Will Peach
Authors
Winspear, R., Grice, P., Peach, W., Phillips, J., Aebischer, N., Thompson, P., Egan, J. & Nowakowski, M.
Published in
Aspects of Applied Biology 100
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England Agriculture

The impacts of crop tiller density on the breeding performance of a cereal-nesting specialist: ecological trap and potential management tool

In the pursuit of maximizing agricultural yields and profits, crop management under intensive agriculture has reduced the heterogeneity of crop sward structure within fields. Several farmland bird specialists ...

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
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Agriculture

The predation of wild birds in the UK: a review of its conservation impact and management

Predation is a natural phenomenon to which all bird species are subject, and predators have lived alongside most of their current natural bird prey for millennia without eliminating them. However, bird populations can decline or their numbers can be held low where levels of predation on them are high.

RSPB Authors
Dr David Gibbons, Dr Guy Anderson, Dr Mark Bolton, Dr Richard Bradbury, Dr Mark Eaton, Prof Richard Gregory, Dr Ian Johnstone, Dr Will Peach, Dr Ron Summers, Prof Jeremy Wilson
Authors
Gibbons D.W. and colleagues
Published in
RSPB Research Report no 23. RSPB, Sandy
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