Professor Tim Birkhead talks to us about ‘saving seabirds - why long-term studies are essential'
Long term studies of birds or other animals are few and far between, yet long-term studies are disproportionately successful, meaningful and useful. I have been studying and monitoring the guillemots on Skomer Island, Wales, since 1972. What have I found out? What does it take to keep a study like mine going for 45 years? How are we using the information we have obtained to help conserve guillemots and other seabirds? These are important questions because most UK seabird populations are in decline and particularly susceptible to climate change, over-fishing and plastic and other pollutants.
Tim Birkhead is professor of behavioural ecology at the University of Sheffield. His talk will celebrate the extraordinary biology of guillemots; the fact that they and other seabirds constitute an inspirational part of each country's national heritage and the absolute necessity of protecting them.
After the lecture there will be a reception, with the opportunity for further discussion with Professor Birkhead.
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