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Action: Provide artificial nesting sites for gamebirds Bird Conservation

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A replicated study in China found that an estimated 36–41% of the local population of Cabot’s tragopans Tragopan caboti used nesting platforms.


Supporting evidence from individual studies


A replicated trial in subtropical conifer, deciduous and mixed forests in eastern China (Deng et al. 2005) found that a large percentage of female Cabot’s tragopans Tragopan caboti in the region used some of the 200 artificial nesting platforms erected at 11 sites in 2002-3 (12-16 platforms used, an estimated 36-41% of the local population). Platforms consisted of 30 cm diameter bowls (15 cm deep) made from bamboo strips and fixed to trees across a variety of habitats, with platforms more likely to be used if they were in areas of mixed forest and close to the edge of forest patches.


Referenced papers

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Williams, D.R., Child, M.F., Dicks, L.V., Ockendon, N., Pople, R.G., Showler, D.A., Walsh, J.C., zu Ermgassen, E.K.H.J. & Sutherland, W.J. (2019) Bird Conservation. Pages 141-290 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2019. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.