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 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.
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]