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Unique study on waders

Large-scale and population-wide monitoring of waders on their boreal and arctic breeding grounds has hitherto been lacking, mainly because logistics are truly challenging in regions with few ornithologists, vast areas and few roads.
Eurasian Dotterel
Photo: Åke Lindström

In Norway, Sweden and Finland (here ‘Fennoscandia’) there are now national monitoring schemes in place, aimed at tracking all bird species, which allows trends to be estimated for northern wader populations.

In a recent study, Åke Lindström, Martin Green and collegues, now present joint Fennoscandian population trends for 24 wader species, covering roughly the period 2002–2013! The study show great differences between species - from heavy increase in numbers of Ringed Plover to heavy decrease of Ruff.

The paper: "Large-scale monitoring of waders on their boreal and arctic breeding grounds in northern Europe" is published in Ardea.

 

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