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Biodiversity conservation

Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

Research theme: Sustainable Futures

School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences


The Environment team currently use investigations into avian and mammalian ecology to inform theoretical and practical approaches to the field of biodiversity conservation. Our investigations can be broadly categorised as:

  • quantifying how animals utilise human dominated landscapes, which is achieved through the deployment and analysis of animal tracking devices
  • development of novel methods to monitor populations for conservation
  • how animal behaviour can be used to derive conservation benefits for species.

Current focal species include barn owls, house sparrows, hedgehogs and small mammals in the UK, and threatened vultures and carnivores in Africa.


Current and recent projects, funders and collaborators include:

  • habitat use and threats to Gyps vultures in South Africa
  • South Africa's brown hyena in collaboration with Earthwatch Institute
  • habitat use of hedgehogs in rural landscapes
  • non-invasive methods to monitor hedgehog populations in the UK in collaboration with the Mammal Society and funded by The People's Trust for Endangered Species
  • identifying individual wolves from their vocalisations
  • habitat use of water shrews
  • factors affecting productivity in the house sparrow
  • diet analysis of barn owls
  • starvation-predation trade-off in the great tit
  • nesting success of peregrine falcons.