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Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle) tracking in Orkney, 2013 and 2014

Both Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) recognise the gaps in current knowledge of at-sea movements of black guillemot (Cepphus grille). The need to fill these gaps is recognised in light of the black guillemot being the only seabird species which can qualify as a protected feature of a Scottish Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (NCMPA). 

RSPB Authors
Dr Ellie Owen
Published in
Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 903.
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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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Population and future range modelling of reintroduced Scottish white-tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla)

Re-introductions are increasingly being used in conservation biology as a valuable tool in species recovery programmes. This technique was used to establish a population of white- tailed eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla) in Scotland, where the species went extinct in 1917. Three release phases have taken place, of which the first two (1975-1985 and 1993-1998) were on the west coast and the third (2007-2012) on the east coast of Scotland. All three phases have used birds sourced from Norway. In 2014, there were 98 territorial pairs of white-tailed eagles in Scotland, of which 90 were confirmed to have bred. For this report, a conservative approach was used, and only the 90 sites with confirmed nests were considered territories.

RSPB Authors
Dr Alex Sansom
Published in
Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 898
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Case study no 15: Renewable energy and conservation science

Part of a collection that aims to highlight RSPB science from the last decade. This case study focuses on the evidence available in support of the RSPB's position on renewables.

Authors
Dr Rowena Langston
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Case study no 16: Climate change research

Part of a collection that aims to highlight RSPB science from the last decade. Climate change is a substantial and growing threat to wildlife in the UK and globally.

RSPB Authors
Dr Steven Ewing
Authors
Dr Steven Ewing
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Seasonal variation in the movements and survival of invasive Pacific rats on sub-tropical Henderson Island: implications for eradication

Invasive rodents are successful colonists of many ecosystems around the world, and can have very flexible foraging behaviours that lead to differences in spatial ranges and seasonal demography among individuals and islands

RSPB Authors
Dr Steffen Oppel, Dr Alex Bond
Authors
Oppel, S. McClelland, G.T.W. Lavers, J.L. Churchyard, T. Donaldson, A. Duffield, N. Havery, S. Kelly, J. Proud, T. Russell, J.C. Bond, A.L.
Published in
Island invasives: scaling up to meet the challenge. Gland, Switzerland, IUCN: 200-208.
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Measuring restoration progress using pore- and surface-water chemistry across a chronosequence of formerly afforested blanket bogs

During the restoration of degraded bogs and other peatlands, both habitat and functional recovery can be closely linked with nutrient cycling, which is reflected in pore- and surface-water chemistry. Several peatland restoration studies have shown that the time required for recovery of target conditions is slow...

RSPB Authors
Dr Mark Hancock
Authors
Gaffney, P.P.J., Hancock, M.H., Taggart, M.A. & Andersen, R.
Published in
Journal of Environment Management 219: 239-251
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