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Effect of bait harvesting on birds in Poole Harbour

Wednesday 16th July 2014

Footprint Ecology were commissioned by Natural England to investigate whether there were any impacts of bait harvesting on bird behaviour in Poole Harbour.

Footprint Ecology used novel techniques such as aerial images obtained with drones, time lapse cameras on experimental plots combined with direct observation and counts to consider the impact of bait harvesting activities on the bird interest of Poole Harbour. Bait harvesting involves bait digging and bait dragging – which takes place from a boat. The survey was mainly focussed on two parts of the harbour: Arne Bay and Holes Bay.

Download the full report below, and visit Footprint Ecology’s website for more examples of their work.

Image via Geograph.org.uk / Lewis Clarke

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