MLSG

Migrant Landbird Study Group

Promoting collaborative research for migratory landbirds across flyways

Strait of Messina Bird Observatory

Research topic: Migration

Research location: Strait of Messina

The project was launched in 2014 as a side activity of a visual and radar monitoring of birds on migration near a new powerline of TERNA on the Strait of Messina. It is ongoing as a collaboration between Ornis italica (www.ornisitalica.com) and MEDRAPTORS (www.raptormigration.org). Our website: www.straitobservatory.com.

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BirdLife Netherlands

Research topic: Migration

BirdLife Netherlands is part of the East Atlantic Flyway Initiative of BirdLife. We are working on waterbird conservation to create a pearl string of stop over, wintering and breeding sites that are well protected. Also we are working with national BirdLife partners in North Africa and West Africa to research landbird migration and work with local communities on land restoration and well managed landscapes for landbirds.

Impact of Trichomonas gallinae infection on Turtle Doves

Research topic: Breeding ecology

Turtle doves are undergoing huge populations declines- most notably in the UK. Although this UK decline can be attributed to a reduction in breeding productivity and a lack of nesting habitat, a high prevalence of Trichomonas gallinae infection was found in a sample of this population during the breeding season of 2011.

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Intra-African migrant birds: ecology and conservation

Research topic: Full annual cycle

A large-scale and long-term study to explore connectivity, movement, variation and potential speciation in populations of intra-African migrant bird species that have a core range across sub-Saharan Africa.

Turtle Dove solution trialling (UK)

Research topic: Breeding ecology

Research location: Senegal

During 2011-2015, Turtle Doves have been monitored in the UK to determine their foraging, breeding and ranging behaviour in order to determine whether trial conservation interventions positively impact breeding success.

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Batumi Raptor Count

Research topic: Migration

Research location: Eastern Black Sea coast

BRC is a research and conservation project working on migratory birds (of prey) at the eastern Black Sea coast of the Republic of Georgia and consists of a highly dynamic and forward-thinking team of young biologists and nature enthusiasts.

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Pied Flycatcher Network (piedfly.net)

Research topic: Breeding ecology

Research locations: Devon and Somerset woodlands; East Dartmoor NNR

PiedFly.Net is a science based non-profit organisation co-ordinating community participation in monitoring Pied Flycatchers and other hole-nesting woodland birds to contribute to science and monitoring projects. The network co-ordinates monitoring of nest box schemes with breeding populations of Pied Flycatchers across southwest England. It is run by Malcolm Burgess. See www.piedfly.net.

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Migres Programme. Monitoring bird migration through Straits of Gibraltar

Research topic: Migration

Research location: International Centre for Bird Migration (CIMA), Cadiz

Migres Programme is a long-term scientific monitoring of migratory birds population across the Strait of Gibraltar, which allows:

- to detect changes in migratory populations that can be related to the trends of these species at a global level, as indicators of their conservation status;

- to detect the changes in species migratory patterns;

- to try to understand the biological meaning of these changes in relation to the current scenario of global change.

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Amur Bird Project

Research topic: Full annual cycle

Research location: Muraviovka Park, Russia

Volunteer-based bird migration research, long-term monitoring, conservation and environmental education at Muraviovka Park in Far East Russia. Organized since 2011 by Wieland Heim. www.amurbirding.blogspot.com

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

Research topic: Full annual cycle

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is based in Thetford, United Kingdom and has a long history of migration research.

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