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20 Nov 2018

Latest WWT science journal shines light on lives of wetland birds

Posted in Latest news

New details of the lives of wetland birds are revealed for the first time in the latest issue of Wildfowl, published by WWT.

The charity’s scientific journal, published annually and first printed 70 years ago, is a way of sharing new research that could help protect wetlands and the birds that depend on them.

Among the highlights in this year’s Wildfowl are papers describing:

  • Diet and feeding selectivity of the Andean flamingo and Chilean flamingo in lowland wintering areas
  • Changes in abundance and breeding output of Greylag Geese breeding in southern Sweden
  • Arrival and departure patterns of Eurasian curlew wintering on the River Severn estuary, Gloucestershire, southwest England
  • Annual movements of Interior Canada geese marked in Greenland, revealed by recoveries and re-sightings during 1992–2018
  • Temporal changes in the sex ratio of the common pochard compared to four other duck species at Martin Mere, Lancashire, UK

Wildfowl Editor, WWT’s Dr Eileen Rees, said:

“Each year, these studies bring us closer to understanding how we can best protect species and the habitats they live in. I would like to thank the contributors for sharing their research and to everyone who helped in the peer-review and production of this journal, which has been printed annually for 70 years. This is a great achievement that we can all be proud of.”

All issues of Wildfowl dating back to 1948 and including the current issue are available to read for free online at wildfowl.wwt.org.uk. Printed copies are also available to purchase by emailing wildfowl@wwt.org.uk.