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Is breeding in the city a walk in the park?: Researching the effects of "urbanness" and climate change in an iconic British bird

Pattison-Willits, Vicki (2019) Is breeding in the city a walk in the park?: Researching the effects of "urbanness" and climate change in an iconic British bird. In: University of Birmingham Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2019, 19th June 2019, University of Birmingham 2019. (Unpublished)

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In the UK, urbanization continues unabated. We are fast losing 'greenspace', a key habitat for supporting many native species. Simultaneously, the impacts of climate change are also being observed, most notably in the increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events (EWEs). However, little is known about how wildlife respond to these multiple challenges. My research investigates how fine-scale environmental change within the complex cityscape affects the timing of breeding (phenology) and breeding success in the urban-adapted Blue Tit. Six years of nestbox data were collected from a network of 31 sites (N=310), covering a gradient of increasing urbanization and decreasing habitat connectivity in the city of Birmingham. I will introduce how I am modelling this data together with high resolution satellite and ground-based temperature and precipitation data, to better understand how the city environment buffers (or exacerbates) the potentially detrimental effects of extreme weather during different phases of the breeding cycle.

Type of Work:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:Department of Geography
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College of Life and Environmental Sciences winner. Supervisors: Jonathan Sadler, Silas Reynolds

Date:19 June 2019
Series/Collection Name:Prizewinners from the Graduate School Research Poster Conference 2019
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
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Copyright Status:This poster is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this poster must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged.
Copyright Holders:The Author
ID Code:3240

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