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Saving the Dawn Chorus for Tomorrow
SongBird Survival has been concerned that much of the predation research conducted by major conservation bodies is either out of date, suffers from flawed methodologies or lacks objectivity.
We commissioned the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER) at the University of Reading, one of the leading institutions in this field, to carry out a comprehensive review of all predation research carried out in the UK to date. The aim of the review was to:
1. Clearly describe the state of current knowledge on predation.
2.Critically evaluate the existing evidence linking changes in predator populations with changes in the numbers of their avian prey.
3. Identify key issues requiring future research.
The project was conducted by Dr. Malcolm Nicoll, a post-doctoral Research Fellow within the centre under the supervision of Professor Ken Norris, Director of CAER. It took approximately two years to complete.
Go to: Methods in Ecology & Evolution | Full Report | Press Report
In 2007 SongBird Survival commissioned its first major study. This was a correlative analysis of long term data sets seeking negative associations between predator and prey species which could indicate causal relationships and provide a focus for more detailed work.
It took about one year to complete and was carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at the University of St Andrews.
Go to: Journal of Applied Ecology | Full report | Press Report
What do we hope to acheive?

Funding these projects
We are currently seeking funding for subsequent research projects. To find out more please click on the links below.
If you would like to make a donation CLICK HERE to donate online stating you wish your donation to go to research or alternativley CLICK HERE to open a printable form to fill in and return to us at:-
SongBird Survival,
PO BOX 311,
Diss, Norfolk,
IP22 1WW.

SongBird Survival is a charity commissioning research into the decline of Britain’s songbirds. With your support and membership we hope to reverse their decline. 
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