Study

Installation of an electric fence successfully prevents fox Vulpes vulpes predation at a sandwich tern Sterna sandvicensis breeding colony, Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Protect bird nests using electric fencing

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Protect bird nests using electric fencing

    A before-and-after study in 1973 and 1984 on a sand spit in eastern Scotland (Forster 1975) found that the number of sandwich terns Sterna sandvicensis nesting in a colony increased from approximately 80 pairs in 1973 to approximately 450 pairs in 1974, following the erection of a 45 cm high electric fence to separate the colony from the mainland. Previous low numbers were attributed to red fox Vulpes vulpes predation, but after the fence was erected only a single fox was recorded breaching the fence and this animal did not approach the terns.

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