Towards behaviour-based models of dabbling duck population dynamics

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Authors: Guillemain, M., Caldow, R.W.G., Stillman, R.A. and Goss-Custard, J.D.

Journal: Zeitschrift fur Jagdwissenschaft

Volume: 48

Issue: SUPPL.

Pages: 1-6

ISSN: 0044-2887

Most conflicts regarding the management and application of policy concerning wildfowl populations in Europe arise from an inability to reliably predict the impact of human activities on these birds. Behaviour-based individual models (BBIMs) recently developed for waders and geese may provide a major step forward in overcoming this problem, due to their ability to identify the human activities that affect the fitness of individuals and thus the size of bird populations, and predict how and to what extend new activities will affect these populations. A BBIM is currently developed for the North-West European population of Eurasian Wigeon, on the basis of the existing Brent Goose BBIM.

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