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Almut SCHLAICH

         Doctorante

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preliminary title

Surviving in changing agricultural landscapes in Europe and Africa – investigating habitat use of Montagu´s Harriers Circus pygargus along an intensification gradient

 

Research period

2013-2017

 

Supervisor

Christiaan Both (University of Groningen) et Vincent Bretagnolle (CEBC)

 

Registration University

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

 

Keywords

Montagu’s Harrier, agri-environment schemes, winter ecology

 

Study Site

Eastern Groningen (The Netherlands), Senegal

 

Research project

Farmland birds and long-distance migrants dramatically declined during the last decades due to agricultural intensification and habitat loss in breeding and wintering areas. To protect these groups of birds, detailed knowledge on ecological requirements of species during their entire annual cycle is needed. The Montagu´s Harrier is a migratory farmland bird and an excellent key species to study the relationship between habitat use in agricultural landscapes and individual fitness. In particular, we aim to understand how Montagu’s Harriers perform, in terms of reproductive output and survival, in landscapes that differ dramatically in the degree of intensification. To achieve this, we will capitalize on a unique dataset of high quality tracking data of individual harriers along a gradient from extensive to intensive agricultural landscapes in four European countries. We will also expand our studies to the harriers’ wintering grounds in Africa, tracking individuals in extensive and intensive African agricultural systems, and thereby linking individual habitat use to subsequent fitness consequences (i.e. carry-over effects).

 

Internship report

SCHLAICH Almut Ellinor. Stopover site ecology of Montagu´s Harrier (Circus pygargus) in East-Morocco. 2011. Master’s thesis, University of Oldenburg, Germany (PDF)

 

 

 

 
 

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