A Review of an Exploratory Trial of Two Management Practices Designed to Reduce Sparrowhawk Attacks on Racing Pigeons at Pigeon Lofts

DescriptionReport of an Exploratory Trial of Two Management Practices Designed to Reduce Sparrowhawk Attacks on Racing Pigeons at Pigeon Lofts
ISBN978 0 7559 9220
Official Print Publication DateJanuary 2010
Website Publication DateJanuary 25, 2010

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E.M. Humphreys, A. Carrington-Cotton & C.V. Wernham
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Contents

Executive Summary

1 Introduction
1.1 Background
1.2 Aims of this report

2 Experimental design

3 Methodology
3.1 Visual deterrents
3.2 Translocation
3.2.1 Trapping techniques
3.2.2 Post capture
3.2.3 Release
3.2.4 Radiotracking
3.3 Observations at lofts
3.3.1 Loft owners
3.3.2 Independent observations

4 Results
4.1 Translocation and subsequent radiotracking
4.1.1 Capture
4.1.2 Post release survival and movements
4.2 Observations at the loft
4.2.1 Observer effort
4.2.2 Attacks and outcomes

5 Discussion
5.1 Translocation and subsequent survival and movements
5.2 Rates of attacks (and outcomes)

6 Conclusion

7 References

8 Acknowledgements

9 Figures & tables

10 Appendices