Coleman, R.A., Salmon, N.A. and Hawkins, S.J.
Sub-dispersive human disturbance of foraging oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus
Ardea, 91, (2), .
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Disturbance of foraging shorebirds is a known impact of human use of shorelines. Most previous work examined disturbances which caused dispersal of foraging or roosting animals, and used an uncontrolled correlative approach. In a preliminary study using experimental methods, we show that feeding birds when disturbed, but not dispersed, can show behavioural modifications and suffer reduced foraging success.
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