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Redshank nesting on saltmarshes in Britain
Redshank nesting on saltmarshes in Britain. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK - UK National Biodiversity Network.
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This survey was undertaken to establish the breeding abundance and conservation status (i.e. stable, increasing or declining) of redshank nesting on saltmarshes in Britain. more
This survey was undertaken to establish the breeding abundance and conservation status (i.e. stable, increasing or declining) of redshank nesting on saltmarshes in Britain. The redshank is a species of conservation concern in Britain and Europe. In Britain and Ireland redshank can be found breeding on wet grassland and saltmarshes. Redshank on lowland wet grassland habitats is well known and this survey highlights the importance of saltmarsh habitats for breeding redshank.
63 saltmarsh sites were surveyed, representing around 5% of the total area of saltmarsh in Britain. Sites were selected to include a range of saltmarsh habitats evenly distributed around Britain. No formal random sampling protocol was used to select sites. The entire dataset is presented at 100m resolution. Data points for this dataset represent the central point of the site surveyed.
The survey was carried out in the 1996 breeding season (between 15 April and 31 May).
Numbers of redshank breeding at each site were measured using standard methods developed by Green et al. (1984) and Green (1986). The mean number of redshank counted on survey visits up to 31 May was used as an estimate of the peak number of pairs with nests. The abundance of other species such as wildfowl and other waders were also captured as part of this survey, but these data do not occur as part of this dataset. These data have been gathered by trained field-workers and are therefore of a high quality. These data have also been mapped and checked for sensitivities and typographical/geographical errors.
This survey highlighted that saltmarshes support circa 45% of the national population of redshank breeding in Britain. Since a previous survey carried out in 1985, there has been a 22.9% decline of redshank breeding on saltmarshes. The decline is thought to be caused by an increase in grazing pressure of saltmarshes, it was therefore suggested that mitigation procedures such as habitat creation and changes in agricultural management measures were required.
Biology, Biology > Birds, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine, Breeding grounds, Nesting, Population dynamics, Salt marshes, United Kingdom, Britain, Tringa totanus (Linnaeus, 1758)
United Kingdom, Britain [Marine Regions]
1885 - 1996
Tringa totanus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-08-30
Information last updated: 2012-09-05