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Research strategy

The section’s research strategy is primarily based on a contract with the Nature Agency (NST) on ”Species, hunting and game management” in the period 2012-2015. Denmark has a very central location for bird migratory routes and there is a need for consultancy in this field, both nationally and internationally. This applies to ducks, geese and wading birds, and the intent is to be able to determine correlations between breeding conditions and factors in moulting and wintering sites. 

Game birds

’Adaptive management’ is a central focus of our work, especially in relation to waterfowl species. The concept consists of flexible decision making where hunting season and other regulations may be adjusted in relation to agreed upon population sizes based on careful monitoring of the species. Other bird species have their natural habitat on agricultural land and have decreased considerably during the past 20-30 years. Therefore, there is a great need to maintain and expand our knowledge about farm land birds, e.g. the grey partridge, skylark, linnet, whinchat, lapwing, whitethroat, and yellowhammer (LINK).

Land mammals

We study cloven-hoofed game, with particular focus on red deer and roe deer with reference to wildlife damage, recreational interests and road accidents. A specific area of research relates to the assessment of sustainability of hunting red deer, both regionally and nationally. We pay special attention to species with small and endangered populations such as hares, dormice, bats and otters. We develop and document simple methods for registering the frequency especially of nocturnal mammals in open landscapes. (Link).