Study

Is nest predator exclusion an effective strategy for enhancing bird populations?

  • Published source details Smith R.K., Pullin A.S., Stewart G.B. & Sutherland W.J. (2011) Is nest predator exclusion an effective strategy for enhancing bird populations?. Biological Conservation, 144, 1-10.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Reduce nest predation by excluding predators from nests or nesting areas

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Reduce nest predation by excluding predators from nests or nesting areas

    A 2011 systematic review (Smith et al. 2011) found that excluding predators using fences (see ‘Physically protect nests from predators using non-electric fencing’) or barriers around individual nests (‘Physically protect nests with individual exclosures/barriers’) significantly increased hatching success. Individual barriers appeared to be slightly (non-significantly) more effective than fences, but some studies found that they increased predation on adults (see ‘Can nest protection increase predation of adult and chick waders?’).

     

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