Stone-curlews Burhinus oedicnemus and recreational disturbance: developing a management tool for access

Thick-knee (Burhinus oedicnemus) Science Article 2

abstract

Stone-curlews Burhinus oedicnemus have a vulnerable population status in the UK after a large population decline and range contraction since the 1930s. Much Stone-curlew breeding habitat is open-access land designated under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. In order to guide the conservation and habitat management for this species whilst allowing recreational access, a tool known as the Stone-Curlew Access Response Evaluator (SCARE) has been developed. SCARE offers a method to assess the effects of scenarios for future changes in disturbance type, routes and frequency and will be valuable in making informed decisions about the management of public access to Stone-curlew breeding sites and the deployment of habitat creation measures.

ELISABETH C. TAYLOR, RHYS E. GREEN & JAMES PERRINS, Ibis 149 (s1), 37-44

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