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A counterfactual approach to measure the impact of wet grassland conservation on U.K. breeding bird populations

Sean Jellesmark; Malcolm Ausden; Tim M. Blackburn; Richard D. Gregory; Michael Hoffmann; Dario Massimino; Louise McRae; Piero Visconti;
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  • Published: 07 Jan 2021 Journal: Conservation Biology (issn: 0888-8892, eissn: 1523-1739, Copyright policy)
Abstract
Wet grassland wader populations in the United Kingdom have experienced severe declines over the last three decades. To help mitigate these declines, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has restored and managed lowland wet grassland nature reserves to benefit these and other species. However, the impact that these reserves have on bird population trends has not been experimentally evaluated, as appropriate control populations do not readily exist. In this study, we compare population trends from 1994 - 2018 for five bird species of conservation concern that breed on these nature reserves with counterfactual trends using matched breeding bird surv...
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free text keywords: Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Nature and Landscape Conservation, Counterfactual, impact evaluation, wetland birds, wetland conservation, causal inference, conservation effectiveness, Vanellus, biology.organism_classification, biology, Wader, Ecology, Nature reserve, Geography, Gallinago, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Breeding bird survey, Curlew, Snipe, biology.animal
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INternational training at the Science-Policy Interface for Researchers in Europe, for Nature
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 766417
  • Funding stream: H2020 | MSCA-ITN-ETN
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