Going quackers!

One of the Biosciences Postgraduate Research Students, Christina Catlin-Groves, is researching duck species distribution in Gloucestershire as part of her PhD research into recording species distribution and ecology. She is supervised by Anne Goodenough and Adam Hart.

Christina Catlin-Groves
Christina Catlin-Groves

Christina wants to know which ducks are using our ponds and waterways this winter. Mallards are clearly the most well-known and common duck species, but there are lots of other species, too, including some that migrate long distances to their wintering grounds and others, like the red-crested pochard  (below) that are non-native. Christina will be comparing distributions on species from this survey with historical records to see how distributions are shifting. 

Red-crested pochard
Red-crested pochard (Netta rufina)

The study is being publicized through the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, and run through Twitter. If you’ve already got a Twitter account, it’s really easy to get involved – simply visit http://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/recording to register and then start tweeting duck sightings using the #glosducks hashtag, saying what you’ve seen and where, and we can log your records on our database! If you don’t have a Twtter account, you can set one up here https://twitter.com/signup . If you’ve got a GPS-capable mobile phone then you can even geo-tag your tweets. Photographs are also welcome!

Anne Goodenough, Reader in Applied Ecology

[Ed – We’re always interested to discuss postgraduate research opportunities in Biosciences – see Our Courses]


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