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Jason I. Ransom, Jenny G. Powers, N. Thompson Hobbs and Dan L. Baker REVIEW: Ecological feedbacks can reduce population-level efficacy of wildlife fertility control Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Version of Record online: 15 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12166

Upland land use is associated with curlew declines, with predation a likely mechanism, and this may apply to other breeding waders. The removal of isolated woodland plantations from otherwise unafforested landscapes may help reduce predation pressure across a range of systems including moorland. However, direct predator control may also be important to conserve ground-nesting birds in these landscapes, for example, where moorland management and forestry coexist as major land uses. Predator control may also mitigate climate change effects by enhancing wader productivity, particularly where climate effects coincide with changing land use. Emerging land uses in open landscapes, including native woodland restoration and wind farms, require careful siting to minimize further impacts on open-area breeding birds.

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