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Improving daytime detection of deer for surveillance and management (2019)
Journal Article
Logan, T., Ashton-Butt, A., & Ward, A. (in press). Improving daytime detection of deer for surveillance and management. European Journal of Wildlife Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10344-019-1318-y

1. Maximising the detection of a target species reduces uncertainty of survey results and can improve management outcomes. Deer (Cervidae) populations are managed worldwide due to their impacts on anthropocentric interests. In the UK, deer can only l... Read More

Landscape connectivity and spatial prioritization in an urbanising world: a network analysis approach for a threatened amphibian (2019)
Journal Article
Matos, C., Petrovan, S. O., Wheeler, P. M., & Ward, A. I. (2019). Landscape connectivity and spatial prioritization in an urbanising world: a network analysis approach for a threatened amphibian. Biological Conservation, 237, 238-247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.06.035

Habitat fragmentation affects amphibian populations worldwide. Urban expansion and associated infrastructure (e.g., roads) are the main cause of degradation and loss of landscape-scale habitat connectivity. Mitigation measures such as barriers and un... Read More

Modeling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence‐only data: a case study on British deer (2019)
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Croft, S., Ward, A. I., Aegerter, J. N., & Smith, G. C. (2019). Modeling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence‐only data: a case study on British deer. Ecology and Evolution, https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5424

Aim: Decisions on wildlife conservation, management, and epidemiological risk are best based on robust evidence. The continual improvement of species distributions, such that they can be relied upon in decision‐making, is important. Here we seek to r... Read More

Modelling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence-only data: a case study on British deer (2019)
Journal Article
Croft, S., Ward, A. I., Aegerter, J. N., & Smith, G. C. (2019). Modelling current and potential distributions of mammal species using presence-only data: a case study on British deer. Ecology and Evolution, 9(15), 8724-8735. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5424

Aim: Decisions on wildlife conservation, management and epidemiological risk are best based on robust evidence. The continual improvement of species distribution modelling, such that it can be relied upon in decision-making is important. Here we se... Read More

Short-term movements and behaviour govern the use of road mitigation measures by a protected amphibian (2018)
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Matos, C., Petrovan, S., Wheeler, P., & Ward, A. (2019). Short-term movements and behaviour govern the use of road mitigation measures by a protected amphibian. Animal Conservation, 22(3), 285-296. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12467

Road mitigation infrastructure for pond-breeding amphibians aims to provide a safe and sustainable passage for individuals between critical habitat patches. However, relatively little is known about how amphibians interact with mitigation systems bec... Read More

Dietary niche partitioning between sympatric brown hares and rabbits (2017)
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Lush, L., Ward, A. I., & Wheeler, P. (2017). Dietary niche partitioning between sympatric brown hares and rabbits. Journal of Zoology, 303(1), 36-45. https://doi.org/10.1111/jzo.12461

© 2017 The Zoological Society of London Coexistence of ecologically similar species is sustained by niche partitioning, a fundamental element of which is diet. Overlapping of resource requirements between sympatric species can create interspecific co... Read More

Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt (2017)
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Matos, C., Petrovan, S., Ward, A. I., & Wheeler, P. (2017). Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt. PeerJ, 2017(2), e2922. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2922

Amphibian populations are highly vulnerable to road mortality and habitat fragmentation caused by road networks. Wildlife road tunnels are considered the most promising road mitigation measure for amphibians yet generally remain inadequately monitore... Read More

Quantifying the bias in density estimated from distance sampling and camera trapping of unmarked individuals (2017)
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Chauvenet, A. L., Gill, R. M., Smith, G. C., Ward, A. I., & Massei, G. (2017). Quantifying the bias in density estimated from distance sampling and camera trapping of unmarked individuals. Ecological Modelling, 350, 79-86. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.02.007

Population size estimates are an integral part of any species conservation or management project. They are often used to evaluate the impact of management intervention and can be critical for making decisions for future management. Distance sampling... Read More

Exclusions for resolving urban badger damage problems: Outcomes and consequences (2016)
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Ward, A. I., Finney, J. K., Beatham, S. E., Delahay, R. J., Robertson, P. A., & Cowan, D. P. (2016). Exclusions for resolving urban badger damage problems: Outcomes and consequences. PeerJ, 4(10), e2579. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2579

Increasing urbanisation and growth of many wild animal populations can result in a greater frequency of human-wildlife conflicts. However, traditional lethal methods of wildlife control are becoming less favoured than non-lethal approaches, particula... Read More

Use of tri-axial accelerometers to assess terrestrial mammal behaviour in the wild (2015)
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Lush, L., Ellwood, S., Markham, A., Ward, A. I., & Wheeler, P. (2016). Use of tri-axial accelerometers to assess terrestrial mammal behaviour in the wild. Journal of Zoology, 298(4), 257-265. doi:10.1111/jzo.12308

Tri‐axial accelerometer tags provide quantitative data on body movement that can be used to characterize behaviour and understand species ecology in ways that would otherwise be impossible. Using tags on wild terrestrial mammals, especially smaller s... Read More

Nationwide trophic cascades: changes in avian community structure driven by ungulates (2015)
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Palmer, G., Stephens, P. A., Ward, A. I., & Willis, S. G. (2015). Nationwide trophic cascades: changes in avian community structure driven by ungulates. Scientific reports, 5(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/srep15601

In recent decades, many ungulate populations have changed dramatically in abundance, resulting in cascading effects across ecosystems. However, studies of such effects are often limited in their spatial and temporal scope. Here, we contrast multi-spe... Read More